Mask of Nyima Öser, manifestation of Padmasambhava
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ABR 085

 Code: ABR 085

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 23.5 x 44 x 15.5

  Materials: Wood

Mask of Nyima Öser, manifestation of Padmasambhava

This mask, resembling those used in ritual dances, represents the face of a yogin with typical Indian features: hooked nose, bulging eyes, full lips, frowned eyebrows and nose. He has yellow skin and a clipped beard. His long hair is tied in a topknot topped with a half vajra and his head wears a crown made of five dried skulls. All these elements corresponds to the face of Nyima Öser, “sunbeam”, one of the eight manifestations of the famous Indian tantric master Padmasambhava. It is under this yogin aspect that the master received and practiced the tantric teachings in charnel grounds. Usually, dance masks have no holes in the eyes but at the level of the mouth, the dancer not being allowed to look through the deity’s eyes.