Asian Tribal Art - Cham Dance Hat Finial, Bhutan

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Cham dance hat finial
Wood, varnish
13″ (33 cm) high by 2.25″ (5.7 cm) wide
Late 19th to early 20th century

This finial would have crowned the top of a dance hat that was worn in the Cham dance of the Black Hat Sect.  As seen in the last photo, there would have been two flame cut-outs inserted into the holes on the sides of the skull. Please refer to Mani Rimdu Nepal: the Buddhist Dance Drama of Tengpoche by Mario Fantin.


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