Masks of Sikkim # 2

Mask making is another ancient craft in Sikkim. Face masks in wood of different gods,  goddesses and animals are made and worn by people during festivals, religious ceremonies and dances. Wooden masks may depict serene, partly angry or animal expressions. Nowadays they are also used as wall hangings.

Wooden masks are carved out of tough light-wood known as ‘Zaru Shing’ (Zaru wood) which is mostly found in the high altitude areas of Sikkim.

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