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Kola-Sanniya mask

Masks are used by performers to transform themselves into specific characters that appear in curing rituals or popular entertainment. This Kola-Sanniya mask was used in Sri Lankan devil dances which operated as curing rituals. The Sinhala word 'sanniya' means disease or ailment.

Devil-dance masks are large and often carved from light wood with a protruding tongue.

Melanie Van Ollfen
© Australian Museum


From the Australian Museum Collection E19312

Purchased in 1911

Sri Lanka

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