This is a mask of Ravana and it depicts the fighting story of Jatayu and Ravana whenÂ Ravana was on his way to Lanka after kidnapping Sita. The story is one of the significant part ofÂ the Indian epic Ramayana. The Â black colour of the mask signifies theÂ antagonist character of Ravana.
Locally available wood such as Gamar trees, Mango trees are used to make these masks. Â WoodÂ pieces are kept submerged in large reservoirs containing water mixed with mulberry gum powder, bleaching powder and sal; the pieces are taken out after a week and sun-dried.Â The basic form emerges first with the use of the adze, followed by emphasis on facial features. Gomira masks were painted with natural dyes.Â
It has a hook on the back for hanging.