This mask was made by an average person to save money, or make a little extra. Despite its crudeness, I like it a lot. I’m also happy to see, for the first time, a mask from Majuli, Assam. Even though masquerade is quite important in the world’s second largest country, I don’t get to see the masks or costumes very often. Nor do I know of any good book about them. If you know of such a book, please share the title and author’s name with us. Indian masks used by professional dancers can be fabulous. From Neroutes.com, Aug 19, 2016.
I know of no books specifically on Indian masked dances. However, there is a National Geographic Web site with some information: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/illustrated-7-masked-dances-you-can-watch-in-india/
Anyone know the symbolism behind the flower on the ear?
My “Himalayan demon mask” that was posted some few dozen posts ago.. had the same on its ears…. I am not sure of the type of flower or the symbolism there… would love an education there… anyone?
Nate: Similar designs also seen on old Sri Lankan masks: