Name: Dzao Shaman's mask
Shaman mask of the Dzao (Yao) people of northern Vietnam. Worn by shaman during ceremony; believed to help adhere one's spirits more closely to oneself for protection. Pink paper on eyes and head post, and colored foil on tooth put on with rice glue at last ceremony (paper would be washed off and new bright paper reapplied at next formal use). About 50 years old. Made of wood. The shaman, upon releasing the spirits from the mask (in order to allow it to be sold), cut off the back side of the teeth (not visible from front).
Size: 13.5" (34 cm) tall
Origins: Ha Giang Province, Vietnam