Object Name: Mask
Cultural Group: Sinhala peoples
Place of Origin: Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Date: Mid-20th century
Materials Used: Wood, paint, felt
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Bequest of Mary Stansbury Ruiz. X88.570
This mask represents the chicken used as an offering to appease the spirits of disease. It is one of several apparitions that appear as a part of a curing ceremony, each standing for a different auspicious object that plays a role in the exorcism.
Source: Gallery wall text, Fowler in Focus: Masks of Sri Lanka, 2009