Vacheron Constantin ASIA - CHINA

2009: Presentation of the third and final set “Les Masques”

 
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Published by 3794 on July 14 2009, 18:29.

Vacheron Constantin ASIA - CHINA luxury watches

Zangs-‘Bag facial Mask
Tibet region, Tantric Buddhism. 16th–17th century
Partially-gilt copper, pigments
Height: 22.2 cm
Inv. 2504-168

With my ornaments I surround
the emptiness opening in your eyes
and in your mouth a third
eye appearing on the forehead
to guide you in your labours
in the labyrinth of your lives
and those of your children
who continue your adventures
Michel Butor

A mystery, even a profound sacredness, seems to emanate from this half-empty mask. And yet the highly naturalistic nose reminds us that this figure with its frozen expression has a human side. The divine is expressed by the strange mandorla, positioned like a jewel on the forehead of the mask and enclosing a painted eye. A beautifully designed frieze of gold-covered arabesques and scrolls frames the empty spaces. This type of zangs-’bag mask was worn by certain monks from the dGe-lugs-pa yellow hat sect. The masks were used in dances linked to the cult of Kâlacakra (the Wheel of Time).

"Les masques" watches 2009 by Vacheron Constantin:
Vacheron Constantin AFRICA - GABON
Vacheron Constantin AMERICAS - MEXICO
Vacheron Constantin OCEANIA - INDONESIA

 
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