’Shop at Swayambhu.’
The little boy, son of the shop owner and playing with a bronze duck, is not at all impressed by the fierce looking masks behind him. They are the masks of Bhairava, the Hindu god of annihilation and the march of time. He is thought to preside over cremation grounds, hence the garland of skulls around his head. The matalware and mask shop can be found near the Swayambhu stupa, west of Kathmandu. Photo Paul Smit.