Here's a unique
mask... the likes of which you just don't encounter very often.
It is the visage of the Demon King Ravana, from the Hindu epic
the Ramayana. Ravana covets the wife of Rama - an exiled
prince who is the avatar of Vishnu, which is to say - he is God
incarnate. His wife Sita, is then naturally the embodiment
of the divine feminine. Sita is abducted by the nasty and
vicious demon king with his repulsive form with 10 heads.
Long story short.... with the assistance of Hanuman the monkey
god - who is the divine son of the wind and a she-monkey, Rama is
eventually able to save Sita and sleigh the demon Ravana.
This mask, like most
of Ramayana character masks from Nepal, originates in the
southern lowland jungles - an area known as the Terai.
There, ethnic groups such as the Tharu and Rajbansi, have an
avid masking culture and characters from the Hindu epics are the
preferred subject matter. The mask has minor cosmetic loss
to the tip of the nose and to the paint. Generally
speaking, its in good shape and is structurally utterly sound.