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The Raksha masks in Sri Lanka came in to use in pre historic eras in the times of pandemics as means of warding off sicknesses through ritualistic perfomanc of dance and music. This rituals has had an immense effect on the influence on the art and architectural of Sri Lanka (formally known as Ceylon) through the decades till date.In this particular piece the artist explores use of the decorative aspect of Raksha design and detail on local buildings, at the entrances to ward off evil and sickness.

Today these masks are used as tourist souvenirs and decorative items.

While ritualistic performances are still held in remote villages mostly they are taught and performed as entertainment.

This is series I try to work these significant traditional masks into my artwork, to bring them back into to a more original curate fine art state.

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Traditional Sri Lankan Mask Project

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