Q: I bought this mask in San Francisco, California in the late 1990s for somewhere around $100 or so..I don’t remember exactly. It seemed old at the time, and I remember the merchant saying something about it being some kind of “ceremonial” mask but I forgot all that he said. Size is about person-size. Material seems to be some kind of plant material that was pressed or glued together, but I don’t know exactly. It isn’t solid wood but definitely a natural plant-based material of some sort. Bruce, 1194
A: “India is the world’s largest democracy and the second most populous nation in the world. It is a land that is becoming rapidly industrialized and technologically advanced while remaining a cradle for many ancient cultures which have maintained their traditions to this day.” (a letter written by the Smithsonian secretary in 1985)
True. But for the past 32 years very little attention has been paid to the folk art of India. I’m especially interested in their masquerade, but I don’t get much help from the libraries and museums. If anyone know the character’s name, the pradesh from which it comes, how it’s used, etc., please comment!