Dance mask used during Kalachakra initiations
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ABR 041

 Code: ABR 041

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 23 x 22

  Materials: Gilt copper

Dance mask used during Kalachakra initiations 

This ornate mask with a fierce expression was used by Tibetan monks for dances during Kalachakrainitiations. It bears the Third Eye, flaming eyebrows, moustache, and beard. 

The Kalachakra Tantra, developed in the 11th or 12th century, represents the last stage of esoteric Buddhism in Northeast India, which later succumbed to the Islamic invasions.