Masks of the World


We’ve never seen this one

Still a mystery

Still a mystery

Q:  I found your website and want to know more about this mask. I have had a few others but can’t find this one anywhere.  Wayne, 529

A:  Any helpful comments will be appreciated. The Mask Man knows a little bit about a lot of cultures, however, not all of them. Is that a cobra on the forehead? What about the pointed eyes, weird nose, and cleft upper lip? I’ve never seen a mask like this one before. If I had to guess I would pick Sri Lanka as a possibility. Please help if you have any ideas. Leave your comments below. ?

Categories:   India & Himalayas


  • Posted: August 17, 2013 03:22

    Troy Yohn

    Could this be a Sri Lanka mask? I noticed some similarities between this mask and some masks on this page
  • Posted: September 3, 2013 06:17

    michael stoehr

    It is a Kolam-mask from Sri Lanka for sure.
    • Posted: September 11, 2013 00:59

      Bob Ibold

      Thanks for commenting. It's great to hear from the director of an important European mask museum. If some of our readers don't know of your institution, I hope they will visit your website at