Straight in the eyes

Himalayan masks

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Vue de l'exposition
View of the exhibition at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, photo Cyril Zannettacci

This exhibition presents a set of 22 masks from the archaic and tribal cultures of the Himalayas from the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac collection.

Some of the oldest masks are ancestral figures originally associated with funerary rites as well as with shamanic practices. Others appear in dances and pantomimes invoking tribal traditions and myths. Still others are worn by Lamaic jesters performing comic interludes in traditional religious theatre.

  • Exhibition curator : Mr. Stéphane Breton, Ethnologist and filmmaker, Social Anthropology Laboratory, Collège de France
  • Number of works : 22
  • Surface area required : 200 - 250 m²

This exhibition has been presented at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, from November 9th 2010 to January 9th 2011.

Exhibition Views

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  • Masque anthropomorphe
  • Masque de danse, personnage masculin
  • Masque anthropomorphe
  • Masque anthropomorphe

Paris, 2011

© musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Cyril Zannettacci