Hand carved and hand painted Garulu mask. The Gurulu (Garuda Raksha) is the portrait of a mythical solar bird devouring a snake. The snake that is located above the bird face is called Naga. Gurulu is decorated with the enemy snakes as if they were a trophy. According to Hindu and Buddhist mythology, it is said that this bird was a “vehicle” on which Hindu God Vishnu rode. It is widely used in sri Lankan festival and cultural dances.
The masks crafted in Sri Lanka are typically made from a balsa wood, known as kaduru (Nux vomica), which is easy to carve, durable and light. Very nice piece with amazing painting details, and in good condition.
Masks have been used in Sri Lanka for generations. Originally used in ritual purpose followed ancient beliefs. Also used to curing illness in some area. They believe masks have healing and protective powers. Most masks are used in drama or dance performance nowadays.
One of a kind piece. Originally from Sri Lanka.
Dimensions: 5″ x 16″ x 10″