Three papier mâché masks

18th century or before, Tibet, mask, papier mâché, cold gold and pigments, cloth and string, at the American Museum of National History in New York (USA).

18th century or before, Tibet, mask, papier mâché, cold gold and pigments, cloth and string, at the American Museum of National History in New York (USA).

18th century or before, Tibet, mask, papier mâché, cold gold and pigments, cloth and string, at the American Museum of National History in New York (USA).

The first one rather looks like a feline but, like the others, he a third eye and wears a skull tiara.

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Toad flask with coral

Undated (circa 19th century), Tibet, toad flask, bronze with coral inlay, at the American Museum of National History in New York (USA), acquired in 1909.

This is the first toad flask with coral inlay we have seen so far.

Tibet, Chaturmukha Mahakala

Undated, Tibet, Chaturmukha Mahakala, painted wood, photo on Himalayan Art Resources, item 48117

A painting depicting a rare form of Mahakala, with four heads and six arms. Apart from his own head there is an elephant’s head and a buffalo’s head next to it, and what is supposed to be lion’s head on top.

Vajrapani Togchags (2)

12th century, Tibet, (Vajrapani) tokcha, bronze, private collection, photo by Hard Auctions GmbH.

With vajra sceptre and lasso.

13th century, Tibet, (Vajrapani) tokcha, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Hard Auctions GmbH.

With vajra sceptre and bell.

12th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze, private collection.

12th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze, private collection.

12th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze, private collection.

12th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze, private collection.