MASK OF BHAIRAVA
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
16th/17th Century – Terracotta – H 43 cm
The face of Bhairava, a wrathful incarnate of Shiva, is surrounded by a flaming aureole with flames erupting from the mouth and eyes. On the forehead, where the third eye can be seen, rests a crown made of medallions, skulls, serpent heads and at the center the head of a bodhisattva.From his ears hang snake-shaped earrings. The slightly open mouth features a round hole into which a tube would be inserted, from which the rice beer given to the devotees as a consecrated drink would be poured.