All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #992518 (stock #0460)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sri Lankan Monkey Mask used in the Kolam Natima Fetus Protection Ritual Drama that was performed when a tribe member was pregnant. The tribe's Edura (Shaman) wears the mask in the Kolam Natima masked dance-drama, and portrays a monkey who dances and cavorts to placate the demons that threaten the health of the unborn child. This particular mask is wonderfully rendered, with his ear-to-ear grin and bulging eyes, and the beautiful original pigments are still intact. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. 17.5 x 11 x 9 inches, 44.5 x 28 x 23 cm.