Papier-mâché demon mask. Museum no. IM. 44-1939

Papier-mâché demon mask. Museum no. IM. 44-1939

Papier-mâché demon mask
Thailand
19th century
Papier-mâché, gilt, paint, mirror-work
Height 59 cm, width 26 cm
Museum no. IM. 44-1939

A mask made of papier-mâché and painted mirror-work that would have been used in the performance of stories from the Ramayana, known as 'khon'. This particular mask would have been worn by an actor playing the part of Indrajit, son of the Demon King. The face is painted green with bulging eyes and human-shaped ears, and the tapered gilt crown is decorated with mirrors.