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$ 36 Bidder 3819
17-08-2013 12:37:16
$ 30 Bidder 3987
16-08-2013 22:50:09
$ 24 Bidder 3819
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$ 18 Bidder 1464
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16-08-2013 13:00:26

height 75 cm, wide 51 cm, deep 20 cm, Made from the light wood of the kaduru tree, Made in Ambalangoda ca 1975 (SW Sri Lanka). Weight 3,2 kg

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The mask is in excellent condition ( small unobtrusive crack in the teeth of the lower demon - restored on the inner side with a cramp)

The mask consists of 5 lose bodies which can be joined together: 1 body, 2 ears, 2 side panels withe the 18 Sani's)

About this object

History of use

Worn during curing ritual of the Sanni Yakuma ceremony, part of the Tovil series of dramas performed by Sinhalese ritual specialists and dancers. The Sanni Yakuma is intended to combat diseases and afflictions caused by the Sanni group of demons. These consist of 18 or more apparitions of the chief demon, Maha-kola-sanni. The officiating healer honours Buddha, then appeases the demons with offerings, dancing, and chanting. This mask is Maha-kola-sanni-yaka, representing all 18 sanni demons. Traditionally masks of this type were worn, this mask is not designed to be worn but hung from a tree or on the wall during the ritual.

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Iconographic meaning

The series of masks represent the eighteen Sanni demons, symbolizing the manifestations of a wide array of afflictions. Visible clues to these afflictions often appear on the features, and colours used on the masks. Hence, Kana Sanni has one eye closed, indicating blindness; Gona Sanni has its mouth open indicating dumbness; Kora Sanni with its badly twisted face indicates severe stroke. Red is the colour of demons, as are dark green and black, and yellow symbolizes certain diseases.
Physical description
Maha Kola Sanni Yakka mask (which incorporates 18 sanni masks into one) depicting a central figure wearing a headdress composed of five snakes and with long fang-like teeth holding an orange creature and standing on a dark red-brown smiling head . The top figure has two detachable disc-shaped earpieces with a floral motif. The central figure is flanked by two detachable segments composed of two columns of four multicoloured heads and the topmost column of one yellow head. At the top is a cobra whose body extends over the heads and down the outer side to the floral design element at the bottom. A label on the reverse of one of the side attachments reads,

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