Souvenirs I pick up …
Besides beautiful photos and memories, most of us bring something home from our travels as gifts to our family, friends and loved ones or just for our own keepsake. I am one of them.
Since I travel light and almost always on a tight budget, I try to avoid buying bulky or very expensive stuff except when I really want to own a piece that epitomizes the soul of that place. A few examples are a wooden rice man from Batad Philippines, a world famous place for rice terraces and wood carving; a very pretty glass work from an island Murano near Venice, Cuckoo clock from Black forest, Germany, a pearl & diamond necklace from France, Swiss watch from Switzerland, didgeridoo from my tour to Australia and so on.
An attractive hand painted papier mache mask.
Some of my friends wanted me to display my collection. So, here I am starting a new series on souvenirs and first in the series are papier mache masks from Nepal.
These diminutive Nepalese papier mache masks are meant to be placed on walls, especially above or beside doors and windows, to invoke the aid of popular Hindu deities. Some of the masks are displaying their open third eyes in the style typical of Tibetan and Nepalese tantric hagiography.
Each one of them has distinct feature.
The mask is of the size of my palm.
The vibrantly colored masks came in the set of 11 pieces each and I had bought 2 sets. Each mask is hand painted and is different from the other. Now I have only 2 pieces left, rest all have been gifted to family and friends. Guess, it’s time again to visit Nepal, our beautiful neighbour.
How do you like this series? People wanted to have it more frequently but at present I am making it a monthly series. I’ll appreciate your feedback on this.
P.S.- This is a monthly series exhibiting various souvenirs that I have picked up from my journeys across the globe.
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