Name: Kin Mun Lantien Priest's Mask
This striking Black Dzao (Yao) or Kin Mun Lantien She Daoist mask from Ha Giang Province was used in ceremonies for 10-15 years, and is decorated with what is believed to be horse mane and hair. The deep forehead grooves are emphasized by the eyebrow-appearing vertical lines above the eyes, and a deep groove also surrounds the grimacing mouth. Each ear has two holes through which string can be tied to hold the mask on the Priest's head during a ceremony. Two "horns" are on the head, as well as a red fabric string tied onto the top of the back-extending top of the skull to tie the mask to a post or wall when not in use.
Size: 13.5 in. tall x 6.5 in. wide
Origins: Ha Giang Province, Vietnam