Dancing Demons: Ceremonial Masks of Mongolia

Horned Garuda Polychromed papier-mâché mask, silk, and cotton; late 19th-early 20th century Chojin Lama Temple Museum, Ulaan Baatar

Among the great religious festivals of Asia, the ceremonies of Mongolia stand unsurpassed in the splendor of their visual imagery and their dramatic expressiveness. Dancing Demons: Ceremonial Masks of Mongolia presents spectacular examples of masks, costumes, and paraphernalia used in these ceremonies.

The Asia Society exhibition is drawn from the larger exhibition Dancing Demons of Mongolia presented at the Nieuwe Kerk Museum in Amsterdam. The material on this Web site has been adapted from the book Dancing Demons of Mongolia by Jan Fontein and other sources.

Dancing Demons: Ceremonial Masks of Mongolia and related Mongolia programs are made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Frank and Lisina Hoch, John Guth, The Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, Kathryn and Ernest H. Frank, Eleanor Briggs, Susan Lynch, and Frederick W. Richmond. 

View the online exhibition here.