This is a mask ofÂ Arjuna the 3rd of the Pandava brothers. Arjuna is considered the protagonist of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata with Krishna and plays a key role in the Bhagavad Gita. This mask depicts how the KauravasÂ humiliated Draupadi (described as the Tritagonist in the Mahabharata and the common wife of the five Pandavas) in public which isÂ projected as the primary cause of the battle of Kurukshetra.
This is intricately crafted by the artisans West Bengal.Â This hand-crafted Arjuna wooden mask can be one of the most exotic items you own.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.