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Say hello to the masks of Sri Lanka in all their eye catching colour and expressions. Sri Lankan masks are both iconic and unmatched, anywhere in the world. Take your picks from all kinds of masks from their many points of origin, all made available at Laksala. You could also discover some amazing wood carvings based on animals, historic places and characters. read more...

Mask of Sri Lanka suggest dramatic and varying meanings to the visual image, hopes and imagination arising from the atavistic beliefs and fears of the rural folk. These are consider to be part of religion, ritual dramas and folk theatre mostly secular but with ritual overtones.

The Sri Lankan masks or “Ves Muhunu” in its vernacular version meaning  “character face” is used in three (3) distinct situations: Ritual masks in God and Demon rituals, theatre mask that enhance the theatrical, visual and the symbolical effect f the character and carnival, festive or ceremonial masks. Mask such as the “Gara” are used in all three (3) contexts. Behind the carving of many masks is a traditional tale, an age old belief structure.

Kolam refers to a dance drama with the central theme and a series of inter-connected episodes enacted by dancers wearing masks culminating in a drama based mainly on the birth stories of the Lord Buddha. The masks featured in the picture are of the supernatural type. Among them are a variety of masks whose crowns are decorated as Cobra hoods. 

 What is Raksha, Naga Raksha (Cobra Masks)

Legend record that Sri Lanka was once ruled by king Ravana whose race Rakshashas. These could achieve different forms of character one being the cobra. Once such a form is achieved the serpents carry their frightened prey as their slaves. Victims then plead with another Rakshas a kind of bird – a hawk. This is called Gurulu Raksha in the mythical story. The hawk is the enemy of the cobra and usually it preys on this serpent.

 Maru Raksha – Mask of the Demon of Death      

It is this Raksha who decide on the life and death of an individual. People believe that by invoking the blessings on the Maru raksha through a ritual dance, death could be delayed. There are numerous other Raksha masks used in processions and festivals. They are follows:

v  Naga Raksha – Cobra Mask

v  Gurulu Raksha – Hawak or Eagle Mask

v  Maru Raksha – Mask of the Demon of death

v  Ginidal Raksha – Fire Devil

v  Mayura Raksha – brings peace, harmony and prosperity

v  Dwi Naga Raksha – Twin Cobra Devil, brings protection from all evils and danger

v  Mal Guru Raksha – Mask of the Flowery Eagle, bring flower and fame

    

Wooden Mask - Mayura Raksha

50 x 60 cm

Rs.13,750/ USD 109.13
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Wooden Mask - Gini Raksha

60 cm

Rs.43,750/ USD 347.22
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Wooden Mask - Ratnakuta

50 cm

Rs.7,150/ USD 56.75
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Wooden Buddha Statue

H - 22.5 cm

Rs.18,500/ USD 146.83
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Wooden Buddha Statue - Mahogani

H - 35 cm

Rs.8,000/ USD 63.49
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God Ganesh

H - 30 cm

Rs.10,000/ USD 79.37
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Saraswathi

H - 30 cm

Rs.15,000/ USD 119.05
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Fisherman

H - 90 cm

Rs.37,500/ USD 297.62
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Elephant Elephant Bridge

75 x 28.75 cm

Rs.60,000/ USD 476.19
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Wodden mask - Rajamoona

26.5''-21''

Rs.55,000/ USD 436.51
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Elephant - Mahogani

H - 25 cm

Rs.5,200/ USD 41.27
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Elephant - African

H - 20 cm

Rs.4,000/ USD 31.75
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Mirror Crafted Wooden Elephant

H - 12.5 cm

Rs.2,100/ USD 16.67
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Wooden Batik Elephant

H - 12.5 cm

Rs.2,150/ USD 17.06
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Cattlehorn Container

Cattlehorn Container With Silver Plated Carved Lid

Rs.6,900/ USD 54.76
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Lacquered Spice Box

Lacquered Spice Box

Rs.1,650/ USD 13.10
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Lacquered Fruit Bowl

Lacquered Fruit Bowl

Rs.1,450/ USD 11.51
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Lacquered Jewellery Box

Lacquered Jewellery Box (Flower Carvings)

Rs.1,100/ USD 8.73
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Mahogany Wood Secret Box

Mahogany Wood Secret Box (Three Compartment)

Rs.3,600/ USD 28.57
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Mahogany Wooden Jewellery Box

Jewellery Box - Pettagama

Rs.3,850/ USD 30.56
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Wooden Jewellery Box

Wooden Jewellery Box (Halmilla) - Crab

Rs.3,450/ USD 27.38
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Wooden Mask

Wooden Antique Mask - Gurulu (Kaduru Wood)

Rs.16,250/ USD 128.97
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Wooden Statue

Wooden Statue - "Pindapatha Munk" (Kaduru Wood)

Rs.15,000/ USD 119.05
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Wooden Casket Elephant

Wooden Casket Elephant (Alestonia Wood)

Rs.1,750/ USD 13.89
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Mahogany Wooden Turtle

Mahogany Wooden Turtle - Multi Colour 04"

Rs.360/ USD 2.86
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Wooden Mask - Maru Raksha

wooden mask - "Maru" Raksha 15"

Rs.13,750/ USD 109.13
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Wooden Mask Dalagara

Wooden Mask "Dalagar" 10"

Rs.2,500/ USD 19.84
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Wooden Mask - Gini Raksha

Wooden Mask Gini Raksha 14"

Rs.12,500/ USD 99.21
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Stool

Stool - Mara

Rs.30,000/ USD 238.10
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Buddha Statue

Halamba wooden Buddha statue

Rs.7,450/ USD 59.13
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Wooden Statue Horse

Wooden Statue Horse 20"

Rs.90,000/ USD 714.29
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Pindapatha Piliruwa - Mahogany

Mahogany Wooden Statue - Pindapatha Piliruwa 24"

Rs.20,000/ USD 158.73
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bowl

coconut wooden bowl with LID

Rs.1,450/ USD 11.51
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Wooden Bowl

coconut wooden

Rs.2,500/ USD 19.84
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Wooden Bowl

Mara Wooden Bowl

Rs.4,000/ USD 31.75
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Jewellery Box - Round

Kithul Wooden Jewellery Box - Round Design

Rs.1,500/ USD 11.90
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Wooden Bowl

Coconut Wooden Bowl

Rs.1,650/ USD 13.10
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Elephant

Coconut Shell Elephant

Rs.1,450/ USD 11.51
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Wooden Elephant

Mahogany Wooden Elephant

Rs.1,250/ USD 9.92
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Fisherman

Ebony Statue Fisherman 10"

Rs.4,800/ USD 38.10
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African Elephant

Wooden African Elephant "TD 08"

Rs.3,400/ USD 26.98
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