mask (dance & live theatre)

Snake mask consisting of a carved wooden human face with a snake attached. The head of the snake is the end of the nose, and the body rises up over the right eye, down along the lower lip, up past the left eye, and ends in the centre top of the forehead. The mask is painted red, and the mouth and eyes are cut out. The snake is painted black with white spots and gold bands. There are two holes at each side, possibly for a fastening.

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