Masks of the World


Old khon mask

Q:  I’ve just found this mask. It looks like a khon mask but from where? Burma or India? Have you some idea about this?  Eric, 1314

A:  I’ve never seen a kohn mask from either Burma or India, so I assume it is an old example from Thailand. Sometimes they are danced, but they are also displayed in holy places. Life sized, it is made from layers of papier-mache and plaster.  Gold leaf and colored glass and jewels are applied along with some paint. Because of its age I think you should do more research. This might be of interest to serious collectors.  A

Categories:   East Asia


  • Posted: March 10, 2018 18:36

    Bob Ibold

    Here is Eric's quick reply: It looks like burmese masks... or a old thai exemple. Attached are some pictures of burmese khon masks from the lisboa museum and the national yangoon museum. Thanks for sending them. I agree that it is from Burma and will change the post. Bob best regards
  • Posted: March 11, 2018 13:15


    hi Bob ... after some research, I ve just find an other version of this mask ... Ogre mask from Burma... I ve sending you the picture via email ... best regards
  • Posted: March 30, 2018 11:09


    Hi Bob I found a little piece of paper maché inside the mask ... it is fragment of an old Burmese newspaper :) its origin is no longer doubtful !!! if you want I send you a picture of the fragment .... see you soon

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