Boat Shaped Hanuman Wooden Mask
This intricately crafted mask depicts Lord Hanuman - the favourite Monkey God in vibrant colors. Decorate your home and get his blessings! Hanuman is a Hindu god and divine vanara companion of the god Rama. Hanuman is one of the central characters of the Hindu epic Ramayana. Lord Hanuman, the symbol of strength and energy, is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the God. Hanuman is considered the living embodiment of the Karma Yogi (one whose meditation and devotion are demonstrated through hard work or service).
The Mask of Hanuman is symbol of supernatural powers, longevity and it protects from fear and material attachment. This mask will truly add a divine glory to your walls.
The wooden masks of Kushmandi in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal have inspired from animistic practices of the Rajbongshi community of the area. The masks are used by the villages either during the dance performance ˜Gomira" or as an offering to the village deity in order to usher good forces and fend for the evil. Gomira dance is also known as "Mukha Khel"- which perhaps derives from what one master mask maker explains as... "We give fear a face and then play with it to overcome that fear."
Locally available wood such as Gamar trees, Mango trees are used to make these masks. Wood pieces are kept submerged in large reservoirs containing water mixed with mulberry gum powder, bleaching powder and sal; the pieces are taken out after a week and sun-dried. The basic form emerges first with the use of the adze, followed by emphasis on facial features. Gomira masks were painted with natural dyes.
It has a hook on the back for hanging.
This hand-crafted Ardhanarishwara wooden mask could be one of the most exotic items you own.