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  Mask in the collection of Indian Museum

Mask is an art of transformation, concealing the identity of the performer and invests the actor with an alternative identity. It is used to take on the persona of the other-a person, a deity, an animal or a cosmic character. The performer in the mask dance is looked upon as an empowered person, whose socially ascribed identity is subsumed to the identity of the character that he depicts with the help of the mask.

Masks and their use in performances and religious ritual are an ancient tradition of a wide variety of communities in different parts of the world.