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Chinese papier mache mask crafted by Yangshuo master mask maker. Made for a child in the shape of a tiger (a tiger's ferocity scares away evil spirits) rests on top of the head. The figure of a bat, symbol of happiness & longevity is painted on the tiger's forehead with wire for antennae. Resting on top of the tiger's head is a bird with a long beak and circular paper wings attached with wires. The tiger's tongue is a separate piece attached by string to the mask. A circular piece of bamboo forms the base of the mask. Faded red rope strands are pushed through two holes at the top of the mask splitting center and repeated on the lower half. The lower left strand is missing. There is a loop of rope at the top for hanging. A small strand is also connected under the tiger's nose with wire. Colors include red, yellow, blue, black, pink, green and white with a thick use of gold paint. Small circles of white styrofoam are glued over lower half of mask. DAMAGE: some rope missing, pieces of styrafoam
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