Rare old Sri Lankan Naga Raksha mask, with great age, faded paint and wear patterns. This mask dates from the 19th to the first half of the 20th century, and resembles examples in the Willow Road collection in the UK.
The Naga Raksha mask represents the symptoms and power of a poisonous snake bite and would be used in Kolam, a traditional dance drama of rural Sri Lanka; based on rituals derived from the ancient Naga tribe of Sri Lanka (c.6th century BC–c.3rd century AD), snake worshippers in pre-Buddhist days.
Although inexpensive modern masks abound for sale as tourist mementos, early examples such as this are quite rare.
A very special addition to an existing collection of early masks, or as an exotic and textural piece of art and history.
Measures 20" long, 7" deep and 9"wide.
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