X2008.28.1a-e Mask

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Object Name: Mask

Artist: Salvin Silva

Place of Origin: Dondra, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Date: 2008

Dimensions: H: 26.50 cm, W: 37.00 cm, D: 40.50 cm

Materials Used: Wood, paint, cotton fabric

Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum purchase. X2008.28.1a-e


Singha, the lion, is the totemic emblem of Sri Lanka’s Sinhala peoples, drawn from heraldic imagery. The lion performs in kolam popular drama, not as a main character but as a figure that evokes the power and strength of the main character and also the protective beneficence of the Buddha.

Source: Gallery wall text, Fowler in Focus: Masks of Sri Lanka, 2009