This is a mask of Chamunda - a fearsome aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother. She is also one of the chief Yoginis, a group of sixty-four or eighty-one Tantric goddesses, who are attendants of the warrior goddess Durga.The name is a combination of Chanda and Munda, two monsters whom Chamunda killed. She is closely associated with Kali, another fierce aspect of Devi. She is sometimes identified with goddesses Parvati, Chandi or Durga as well.Â
This is intricately crafted by the artisans West Bengal.Â 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.
Comes in two sizes, big and small (S- 6" x 3").Â The size and price are for bigger one.