A Singhalese ceremonial mask.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Carved wooden mask with polychrome decoration. This photograph was taken in 1993 at the Science Museum's Hayes Store, Middlesex, prior to the store's closure later that year. The mask depicts a red-beaked creature and incorporates a flower, two birds and a cobra. Masks such as these were used in Sri Lanka during ceremonies, healing rituals and plays.