"[...] And such is not the intention of Frédéric Rond, whose title to his current book, Guidebook of Nepalese Masks, clearly indicates a practical orientation. Having a degree in science, he does not care for structural
syntaxes and theories, literary inventions that are in rupture with society. His reliable taste is supported by a long familiarity with Asian art and in particular, masks from Nepal and the neighbouring regions. Hundreds and thousands of masks have passed through his hands: it is no secret that knowledge of the subject develops first through a physical contact (visual, tactile and olfactory) with the largest number of objects as possible, each one different and unique. The word “guide” invites one on a voyage. A guide proposes itineraries, but it can also play the role of a mentor, a presenter to a public larger than a small circle of initiates. And it is also a tool used for work, a reference book to facilitate the identification of a person or an object. These are precisely the goals of this richly illustrated guide that can be read and appreciated like a gallery of “portraits,” a source of the most precious iconographic documents (many of which have never before been published), and accompanied by numerous photos of masks and those who use them taken in situ.[...]".