MAHARAJA CHERIAL MASK
The Great King
This handcrafted mask comes with a crown and tilak mark on the forehead and a long mustache which display the attire style of Maharaja- a king. The word maharaja, literally ‘great king’, conjures up a vision of splendor and magnificence. These princely rulers of India played an important role within a social and historical context and were patrons of the arts, in India. That resulted in magnificent objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity. 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.