India & Himalayas

India Monkey Mask

I think this mask came from the 1964 NY World Fair and it’s made of papier-mâché.

A:  The Lord of monkeys (Kapeeshwara) mask is often used in dances, dramas and festivals in India.  In addition, the Epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata have references to Hanuman (divine monkey).  This papier-mâché mask has some nice paint work and was likely made to be worn at folk festivals.  This would be a nice mask to add to any collection B


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