As per an article in Telegraph, A gallery displaying a range of masks was inaugurated at Odisha State Museum to showcase Odisha’s diversity in the form of ethnic artefacts and paintings. Masks have been made in the state through various eras during the reigns of many rulers.
As many as 40 masks of various shapes, sizes and expressions are displayed in the gallery. Visitors will now see the masks they have only heard about.
The wooden painted masks depicting Ram Ravan, Angad, Rakshyas, Hanuman, bull head, horse head, Ganesh and so on have been put up on display. Also, paper masks, mainly used in desiya nata by the adivasis collected from Jeypore in Koraput district, have been painted in bright colours. Other masks used by tribal dancers as well as martial artistes have been put up in the gallery as well.