This typical Sinhalese ritual masks, The Gurulu (Garuda Raksha) is the portrait of a mythical solar bird devouring a snake large mythical bird with eagle-like features. It is used in a Raksha Dance (Demon Dance) to frighten away the Cobra Demon. Garuda is decorated with the enemy snakes, as if they were a sort of trophy. The dance is apotropaic, its purpose being to magically avert the real danger that snakebite poses to the villagers.
According to Hindu and Buddhist mythology it is said that this bird as vehicle of the God Vishnu takes his flight on. The sharp features of the eagle like bird is said to bring protection and good luck.
Even though the mask does not possess the vivid colors unlike of the other masks it is the most impressive Sri Lankan mask amongst all other variety of devil masks because of the firm features it reports.
Material – Kaduru (Snake wood tree)
Type of the object – Mask Wall Hanging
Property – Good luck and protection
Country of Origin – Sri Lanka (Ceylon)