Citipati - The Lord of Death
|Tibetan ritual and beliefs are some of the most bizarre in the Budhist world, reflecting origins which predate the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet in the 7th century AD. The cult of the dead, with representation of skulls is common. Identified in the book, Lost Tibet (Brook Dolan/Ilya Tolstoy) as a mask representing a Lord of the Cemetery.
The mask may be papier machier, but it is difficult to say. Given the deep lines in the face of the image, it is probably not carved from wood.
From the book Lost Tibet by Brook Dolan & Ilya Tolstoy