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Mask of one of the monkey army, Phra Ram's allies in the Ramakien, with a red face and wide open mouth with teeth in the upper and lower jaws, outlines painted in black. There are four small fangs in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. The inside of the mouth is painted with pink stripes across the upper palate. Surrounding the mouth is a raised green band painted with black stripes, probably representing hair. The nose is moulded into a snarl. The eyes are round with small round apertures towards the inside, surrounded by a green band with black striped markings ending in a downward curl. There are some red and white painted lines around the edges of the eyes and lower cheeks. Above the eyes, the eyebrows are raised green arches, painted in black striping which ends in protrusions which project upwards and outwards to either side. The cardboard or leather ears on both sides of the mask end in green flame-like shapes. An elaborate gilt lacquer band goes all around the top of the head, decorated with square pieces of mirror glass. At either side of the face a strip of gold band comes down ending in a protruding flame shape, apparently made of leather, and below is a similar gilt flame-shaped leather piece. The top of the head is decorated with painted white lines and has three pronounced ridges along the middle with small peaks along their lengths. The back of the head is painted blue with blue scrolling.

There is a paper label stuck inside the mask with the number 12 and a circular stamp on it.


mask (dance & live theatre)

1 item (description level: part)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  mask (dance & live theatre)

Siam; Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  Thailand 
made or collected:  Siam 
Date made
before 1949
Additional date information
date made:  before 1949 
Additional culture information
maker or user: Thai 

Materials & techniques
papier-mâché; glass; paint; cardboard; leather
Additional material & technique information
material: glass (decoration)
material: paint (overall)
material: leather (overall)
material: cardboard (overall)
material: papier-mâché (overall)
overall: 280 x 810 x 550 x 270 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 280 x 810 x 550 x 270 mm

vendor:  Howard, F., Mrs  Undefined - 1948-11-23

For the performance of khōn, a masked dance drama.

Related objects
part of mask (dance & live theatre) (23.11.48/2)
Related subjects
maker or user: Thai
object name: masks (dance & live theatre)
object name (Horniman Ethno.): masks

Record created 2018-02-16 by TWHITBREAD
Record last updated 2018-05-17 by XGVIEWS

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