Chhau of Seraikala mask representing Surya, the Sun.
Seraikala Chhau is a masked dance from Bihar. The masks, which were first created by the prince of Seraikala in the beginning of the 20th century, are extremely graceful. The drama is performed during the annual festival Chaitra Parva, dedicated to the agricultural cycle that coincides with the moon, the sun and the constellation in transit. The masks represent gods and characters in original scenes, such as the night dancing with the moon or the sun seducing a young girl.


  • Title: Surya
  • Creator: unknown author
  • Date Created: 1975
  • Location: India, Bihar, Seraikala
  • Physical Dimensions: 33 x 24 x 21,5 cm
  • Type: mask
  • Rights: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente
  • External Link: http://www.museudooriente.pt/
  • Medium: Paper mâché, clay, textiles, glass beads and metal
  • Photographer: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente / João Silveira Ramos

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