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Skull, dance mask
(20th century)

pigment, papier maché, cotton
27.7 × 22.0 × 13.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2006
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The skull mask is formed from layers of fabric and, possibly, paper, bound with protein glue, and painted. The gruesome effect of the mask is enhanced by its combination of realistic detail and lurid palette. The skull is accurately shaped and has fine cracks painted on it, to indicate the surface of bone, combined with vivid red eyeballs and mouth. The third eye painted on the forehead indicates spiritual perception.