Destroyer Of Darkness- Avatar Of Vishnu Cherial Mask
This handcrafted mask is of Kalki -the prophesied tenth avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. He is described in the Puranas as the avatar who rejuvenates existence by ending the darkest and destructive period to remove adharma and ushering in the Satya Yuga, while riding a white horse with a fiery sword.The description and details of Kalki are different among various Puranas. He is, for example, only an invisible force destroying evil, and portrayed as someone leading an army of warriors in some. This mask will truly add a divine glory to your walls.
This mask is one of the Cherial masks which are a modified version of the Nakashi art, distinctive to the Cheriyal village, of Warangal district in Telangana. Wandering storytellers used painted Cheriyal masks to build intrigue for the gathered crowd in any festival to tell religious stories and folklore. The artistic tradition of making masks, handed down from generations is now a boon to the craftsmen in this Cheriyal village.
These masks very much preserve the Indian art. These masks are painstakingly wrought using a light wood base, tamarind seeds and sawdust.