Thailand’s Traditional Khon Mask

Thailand's Traditional Khon Mask

A close up of a Khon mask July 8, 2011 in Angthong, Thailand. The paper mache Khon masks, are part of the ornate glittering costumes used in the stylized classical Thai dance form known as Khon. Prateep sells his handmade masks for $50-120 US, it can take around 10 days to make one. The Khon tradition was originally imported from India around the 10th century. The painted Khon masks are essential to conveying the characters and moods of a Khon performance. Often the masks are used as decorative objects displayed in many homes and in many Thai restaurants globally. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Thailand's Traditional Khon Mask

Prateep Rodpai, one of Thailand’s last traditional Khon mask makers works in his outdoor studio as grandson Sirayu,18 months, watches July 8, 2011 in Angthong, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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