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Kolam Mask of Ratna-Kuta Raksa

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983A80
Collection:Ethnography - Asia


This demon mask would have been worn during performances involving mythical characters and moral tales. These performances, known as Kolam, were developed in Sri Lanka based on an ancient tradition from India. The cobras represent the dangerous nature of snakes and are intended to inspire fear in the audience.

Purchased from Sotheby's.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:Sri Lanka / Ceylon