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Sri Lankan exhibits donated to the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

On December 6, 2022 in Saint Petersburg, as a part of annual celebration of the Kunstkamera Day, there was held a ceremony dedicated to the donation of Sri Lankan objects, received from the Embassy of Sri Lanka, to the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the festive atmosphere of the Imperial hall of the Museum 4 Senegalese masks and a Batik banner were presented to the Museum’s director Andrey Golovnev. The Honorary Consul also read out the message from Prof. Janitha A. Liyanage in which Her Excellency expressed gratitude to the Department of ethnography of South and South-West Asia staff for many years of work and bringing new enigmatic discoveries of Sri Lankan past to the world.
The exhibits are an integral part of Sri Lankan culture, folk craft and play an important role in Sri Lanka citizens social life. In the museum will be exhibited national masks, that are almost sacred to Lankan people. Each mask serves as a kind of amulet against evil and used as a necessary object in various rituals. Back in homeland they are treated with care and are passed down from generation to generation. Also, among the donations there was a large and colorful banner "Perahera", depicting the festive procession of Kandy Esala Perahera to the sacred Buddha temple in Kandy, which reflects the rich history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
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