Hand carved out of a single piece of wood. The wooden totem plaques of dragons in clouds are used to be placed on both sides of the doorway to pray for the kids to get good grades in school. In ancient China, schools were very strict. Students had to go through many levels of tests to get a respectable job and become a government official.
The Emperors wrote the highest level of test. The top 3 students would be guaranteed to have a high level position in the government. The Emperors were said to be dragons sons. So people place the dragons on the sides of their door to pray for their childrens future.
The Nuo Dance was initially a mystic ritual used to eliminate evil spirits. Its name comes from one of these rituals, where the participants would recite the word "nuo" in order to rid themselves of evil influence. First originating between the 11th and 16th century BC, Nuo has many similarities to early pagan and shamanistic practices; performers would train in ritual procedures and Nuo opera to greet and rid themselves of the evil spirits in question. It has since evolved into a more elaborate drama with masked performers. Although the dance declined after the Song dynasty, it is still performed by Chinese ethnic minorities in remote regions of the Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan, and Anhui provinces.
The Mask is the soul of Nuo Drama. The wooden mask also has religious implications; as the symbol and medium of a spirit, masks are governed by strict rules. Our masks are made by the best artists and carved to the highest standards.