Himalayan masks from Rajbansi, Dhimal, Newar People, in a private Florentine collection. Nepalese mask, nepalese masque, nepalese maske, nepalese cultural artifacts, folk art, folk art and popular culture artifacts. ETHNOFLORENCE PHOTO ARCHIVE.

Himalayan masks in a private Florentine Collection. (WORK IN PROGRESS)

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N1 Kali mask. Frontal view. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy)

Iconographic comparation in possible with other Kali masks of Ethnoflorence Collection,  interesting and unique is the ancient black crying Kali mask on :
http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/5844563/himalaya... , the patina of this mask is analogous to that of the Fang reliquary. 3 Kali masks are edit also on http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/5977909/differen... . and http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/6194834/ancient-... .

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Frontal view detail.

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Crown detail.

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Side A view.

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Side A view detail.

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Side B view.

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Side B view detail.

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Back side view.

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N2 Kali mask. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy).

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Frontal view detail.

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Side A view .

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Side B view.

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Back side view.

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Back side view.

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N3 Himalayan Crowned mask. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy).

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Crown and forehead detail.

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Frontal view.

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Below frontal view.

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Side A view.

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Side B view.

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N4 Newari paper-mache painted mask. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy).


Another interesting Newar masks edited by Ethnoflorence  on : http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/6214510/newari-c... and http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/5894170/nepalese...  and on http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/5930510/newar-de... .


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Forehad detail.

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Forehead detail.

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Side A view.

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Side B view.

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Back side view.

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N5 Male mask. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy).

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Male mask detail.

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Side A view.

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Side B view.

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Side B view detail.

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Back side view.

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N6 Nepalese monkey mask. This mask is of the same hand of the N5. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy).

Ethnoflorence has edited a group of four primitive style masks of the same hand or maybe of the same workship see more on http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/5914557/four-wes...- , maybe from Western Nepal - Imachal Pradesh.

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Frontal view.

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Forehead detail.


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Below frontal view.



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Side A view.



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Side B view. An interesting monkey mask is edited by Ethnoflorence on http://ethnoflorence.skynetblogs.be/post/5927268/himalaya... .



A really interesting monkey mask was showed by the  James Cohan Gallery (New York 533 W, 26th street) in the exhibition "Mask". Photo Courtesy Evan P. Cordes http://www.pheezy.com/ .

The drama proceeds to metamorphoses, demon into priest into seductress into ape into queen into hog, as though we are in some Nietzschean world where behind every mask there are only more masks…What resolution could be possible?"

– Alphonso Lingis in Excesses: Eros and Culture, 1983

James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition that explores the many forms and uses of masks throughout history and the influence they lend to contemporary artists. MASK will be comprised of a collection of over 40 masks assembled by Joseph G. Gerena Fine Art, dating from 700 BCE through the 20th century and representative of all continents and many cultural traditions. These masks will be shown alongside works by over 30 contemporary artists, including several specifically commissioned for the exhibition.

Masks conceal, protect and disguise. They give us the courage to speak freely, help us transcend physical limitations, add mystery and power to our rituals, amplify or hide our emotions, frighten, entertain, intimidate, humiliate, and even protect us from noxious gases and flying balls. The simplest covering can have a profound effect on both the wearer and viewer, simultaneously concealing and revealing. As Oscar Wilde summarized, "Give a man a mask and he'll tell you the truth."

The tradition of masks and masking offers limitless exploration; several contemporary artists have turned to the form to investigate issues of identity, power and provocation at a time when the bounds between real and assumed identities are becoming more indistinct. As political theorist Yaron Ezrahi has expressed, speaking of current world conflicts, "(Ski) masks are the uniform of the new armies of the 21st century and the new kind of violence, which no longer distinguishes between war against the stranger and war against the members of your own society. Just as this new war doesn't have a front, it doesn't have a face. It doesn't have boundaries."

Newly commissioned works include pieces by Olaf Breuning, Folkert de Jong, Yun-Fei Ji, Tony Oursler, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and William Villalongo. Other contemporary artists included are: Acconci Studio, Matthew Barney, Miriam Berkley, Jonathan Borofsky, Ulla von Brandenburg, Matthew Buckingham/Joachim Koester, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, Dick Evans, Phyllis Galembo, Caron Geary, Hans Haacke, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jürgen Klauke, N'dilo Mutima, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Bill Owens, RAMMELLZEE, Markus Schinwald, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Jeff Sonhouse, Reena Spaulilngs, Vibeke Tandberg, Rosemarie Trockel, Richard Tuttle and Gillian Wearing.

We are grateful to Joseph Gerena, whose wide-ranging collection so beautifully traces the historical root system of masks and masking. This exhibition was curated by Elyse Goldberg and Ginger Cofield and comes accompanied by a brochure with essays by Eleanor Heartney and Joseph Gerena.

For further information please contact Jane Cohan at Jane Cohan at
jane@jamescohan.com or
212 714 9500. For images of included works, please visit

About this exhibition read also on http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/10/arts/0111-MAS... .

About the lecture at Rubin Museum of Art "The Shamans mask and the invention of Culture" read on http://chelseaartgalleries.com/RMA+_28Rubin+Museum+of+Art...

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Back side view.

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N7 Nepalese monkey mask. Courtesy GL Collection Florence (Italy).

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Forehead detail view.

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Below frontal view.

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Side A view.

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Side B view.

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Back side view.






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