Painted face mask, Sri Lankan, 1771-1860.

 
Painted face mask, Sri Lankan, 1771-1860.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

This polychrome wooden mask represents Heraya, the soldier from the kolam play, with his face covered in sores and leeches. It was worn for healing rituals. In some forms of traditional medicine, healing powers lie in people's belief in supernatural powers. In societies in which illness is believed to be caused by the presence of evil spirits, a medicine man or shaman performs rituals, often involving dancing and chanting, to rid the body of spirits. Masks play important roles in religious, healing, exorcism and funerary rituals.

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Image Ref.
 
10455295

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