Sri Lankan Mask

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Title

Sri Lankan Mask

Description

This Sri Lankan mask does not represent a specific individual but instead depicts a character from a masked performance, one of many personas in the ceremonial folk drama called Kolam. Many centuries old and still performed today, Kolam has three main types of characters; the supernatural, the human, and the animal. For the viewing audience, human masks often portray recognizable characters from Sri Lankan society, such as the king and queen, the soldier, the traveling merchant, the moneylender, or the villager. This mask would transform its wearer into a merchant. Carved from blocks of wood, Kolam masks are brightly painted with unique patterns of colors based on sex, age, and position in society.

Creator

Kolam Mask Maker

Source

Mr. Joseph WInterbotham

Date

Added to collection in 1934

Contributor

Curated by Matthew Mason

Format

Wooden mask with layers of painted features

Type

Image

Identifier

1934.7.19

Coverage

Island of Sri Lanka

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Height: 25.5 Centimeters
Width: 21 Centimeters
Depth: 11.5 Centimeters

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About the Original Item

Date Added
May 2, 2011
Item Type
Image
Citation
Kolam Mask Maker, “Sri Lankan Mask,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/590.
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