This Sendombo mask comes from Mongolia and represents angry Buddhas. These masks are larger than a human head, and when worn, are used for religious dance rituals around the New Year. The functions of these rituals were to rid the society of all the evil that occurred over the past year.
While the artist is unknown, the medium used is simple painted paper mache with ornaments.
The red coloring omits a sense of danger that works well with the five skulls attached to the top of the head. These five skulls serve as synonyms for the expulsion of five evils that are jealousy, pride, ignorance, pride, and desire. The emphasis on this piece is the skulls atop the head. The placement of them on the top of the head immediately draws the viewer’s eyes. This is appropriate as this is a mask that represents evil.
The color is another focal point as the red and green are very complimentary of each other. The beautiful colors, symmetry, and emphasis this piece has presented a comprehensive sense of unity.