Name: Ta Oi Spirit Mask
This deep eyed, bearded, and furrowed-forehead spirit mask is made and used by the Ta Oi ethnic group. These spirit masks are hung on the outside of houses to deflect bad spirits from the home, and inside the house to keep the good spirits pacified in the home so they stay. The central Ta Oi village spirit house also has many spirit masks, as well as carvings, drums, and other ritual carvings.
Size: 16 in. tall x 11 in. wide
Origins: Champasak Province, Laos