Citipati is a wrathful deity and one of the several manifestations of Mahakala. He is also considered a very important protector of the doctrine in Tibetan Buddhism.
In Tibet Buddhist monks perform twice a year a special “cham dance” ritual wearing the Cittipati masks and dancing in the monastery cemetery.
The skull mask of Citipati is a reminder of the impermanence of life and the eternal cycle of life and death.
Definitely one of the most impressive and appreciated masks of our collection.