Disease mask for healing rituals

Made:
Sri Lanka
maker:
Sinhalese people
Painted wooden face masks worn during rituals.  SCM - Oriental Medicine

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Painted wooden face masks worn during rituals. SCM - Oriental Medicine
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wooden disease mask, in the form of a human face, worn during Sanni Yakuma exorcism ritual to banish demons associated with disease, Sinhalese, Sri Lanka

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A19437
Materials:
complete and wood
type:
ritual object
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume