Carved and painted wooden mask, surmounted by cobra. The face is carved and painted in a naturalistic style. [SM 11/07/2008]
Place details: ASIA. Sri Lanka. Local Name: Naga Kanya (identified by M Daniel - to confirm) [JN 15/07/2008] Materials: Wood Plant / Pigment / ?. Processes: Carved / Painted / Perforated / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 440 mm Max W = 175 mm Max D = 115 mm Field Collector: Stephen Montagu Burrows When Collected: By 1935 Other Owners: Stephen Montagu Burrows PRM Source: Isabella Christina [Montagu] Burrows Acquired: Donated 1935 Documentation: See RDF for letters from donor PRM Image: CD29; Collections Digital Reference Photo11/07/2008
KEYWORD: Mask / Dance Accessory / CLASS: Mask / Dance / ?.
Object description: Carved and painted wooden mask, surmounted by cobra. The face is carved and painted in a naturalistic style. The mask has eye holes below the painted eyes.
Accession Book Entry - ‘LADY BURROWS, 9 Norham Gardens, Oxford. Specimens from the collection of the late Sir S. Montagu Burrows, C.[ommander of the Order of the] I.[ndian] E.[mpire] The following collected by himself in CEYLON: - [One of] 2 Carved and painted wooden masks, worn in “Devil dances”, surmounted by cobras.’
Written on object - Devil-dance mask. CEYLON S. M. Burrows coll. d.d. Lady Burrows, 1935 [SM (Verve) 18/06/2013]
Related Documents File - Correspondence from Isabella Christina Burrows to Henry Balfour, (dated 9 January, 1938, and 23 January, 1938) giving information about her donation and her request to transfer some loaned articles to the Colombo Museum in Ceylon. [These letters were originally assigned the RDF number 1938.10.01, they have now been numbered 1935.36, 1938.75]. [GI 5/12/2001]
Research notes: The following notes were taken during a visit on the 9th July 2008 by Mohan Daniel, a mask specialist from Sri Lanka. He noted that this mask is a folk mask (kola mask) representing the snake maiden. He thinks it is Naga Kanya (to confirm) [JN 15/07/2008]