Vintage Dance Performance kolam mask masque > sab0045

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Seller: sab0045 (146) 100%, Location: Kandy, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223616564217 TitleVintage dancing/Performing mask/ Kolam maskType of ObjectFace mask / Wall hanging maskCountry of OriginSri Lanka / CeylonMaterialsWooden – Kaduru (Balsa)Dimensions9 inches L. x 7 inches W.Overall ConditionGood. No any damages. Small splits, scrapes are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition.General BackgroundThis is a true work of art by the skilled master craftsmen in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Crafting a mask was originally reserved for those belonging to families of artisans coming down generations. The wood of the kaduru tree (nux vomica) was almost always used. It is light, easy to carve and durable.Sri Lankan masks could be divided in two categories – Kolam masks and Thovil, Sanni Masks.Dance-drama masks or the Kolam theatrical masks are used in folk-plays and dramas .In the early 16th century Europeans introduced, Sri Lanka to a form of mask dancing known as Kolam from south India. These, masks were used for theatrical purposes and usually had a king’s name to honour it. The performances of these masked dancers were mainly for the royalty and the masks were carved by the carpenters specially retained by the king. These exquisitely made and conserved masks, used for folk theatre, are distinctly different from devil-dancing masks. Such masks depict the faces of kings, queens, princes, ministers, men, and animals.Thovil and Sanni are dance ceremonies to exorcise disease –causing demons. The witch doctors (kattandiyas) impersonate these demons wearing masks and costumes. Some of the masks used in these rituals, like the 18 sannidemons, each have its own, distinct features, symbolizing a particular sanni or disease. Payment Methods Only PayPal Is accepted, unless otherwise stated.International Shipping / U S ShippingItems will be shipped by Registered Mail Service (EMS/FedEx or DHL) with tracking details within three (3) business days of payment verification. For Combined Shipping charges, please contact us with the item numbers and we will send you the invoice. Please rest assured it will be expertly packaged for safe arrivalReturnsWe want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within seven days in the same condition you received it-just let us know you're returning it and we will give you a full refund. Please feel free to contact me with any queries Condition: Used, Material: Wood, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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