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Sri Lanka Monkey Mask for Fetus Protection Ritual Drama

Sri Lanka Monkey Mask for Fetus Protection Ritual Drama

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka: Pre 1900: Item # 992518

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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 Kolim Natima masked dance-drama, and portrays a monkey who dances and cavorts to placate the demons that threaten the health of the unborn child. The result would be a healthy child. This particular mask is wonderfully rendered, with his ear-to-ear grin and bulging eyes, and the beautiful original pigments are still intact. 17.5 x 11 x 9 inches, 44.5 x 28 x 23 cm.