Chhau of Purulia mask for Ravana the demon king of Lanka in the classic epic Ramayana.
The use of masks in India is a very diverse tradition. They are used by dancers and actors, who incarnate gods and supernatural beings, in various popular theatrical genres and ritual performances. The inhabitants of Purulia, a city in West Bengal, have created Chhau, as the inhabitants of Purulia, a dance with masks and acrobatic movements that takes up stories of classical Indian epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana, and ancient ritual dances to provide hunting.


  • Title: Ravana
  • Creator: unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location: India, Bengal, Purulia, Sitalpur village
  • Physical Dimensions: 70 x 77 x 25 cm
  • Type: mask
  • Rights: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente
  • External Link: http://www.museudooriente.pt/
  • Medium: Paper mâché, sequins, beads
  • Photographer: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente / João Silveira Ramos

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