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Bhuta masks were used during Bhuta Kola, a form of ritual worship of the Tulu people from erstwhile South Canara, or the southern coastal part of Karnataka, involving a dance and theatre performance. Bhuta Kola bears resemblance to Theyyam from North Kerala. The word ‘bhuta’ (also spelled as bhootha, bhoota or buta) means ‘spirit’ or ‘deity’. There are hundreds of bhutas, including those of animals, heroes of the past who met untimely ends, the elements, and some whose origins are not known. Bhuta masks were worn by men during the ritual ceremonies, when they dressed up and got possessed by the local bhutas or spirits, to become their oracle. Once the ceremony was over, the masks were put back in the temple, where they were worshipped as representation of the spirits.
Made of bronze (bell metal casting), this Bhuta mask is a rare and old find, which is a collector's delight. There are three drops missing from the hair, and another one off the side of an ear, but otherwise, the collectible is in good condition.
|Size:||13" (H) x 13" (W) x 4" (D)|
|Condition:||Good condition; minor parts missing|
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