Chinese Lion Dance Costume Head
Mysterious, ritualistic, artistic, and functional, masks are designed to conceal, cover, and protect. They also reveal more than the wearer may have intended. Long retired or cast off from its previous life as an integral part of an era or culture, each of these guises carries a history of use and reuse and begs to be transformed yet again. This vintage paper mache Chinese lion head was part of a dance costume used to commemorate holidays and celebrations.