As we headed out of Colombo south along the coastline to the Galle Fort, we stopped at the Ariyapala Mask Museum. As you enter the shop, a docent will take you on a very quick tour of the museum's collection of antique masks, explaining what they represent, and then, as always in Sri Lanka, you're asked for a donation. Next is the gift shop, which was filled with all sorts of masks and baskets and trinkets. I just loved this gift shop and found the prices were ok -- no bargaining though!! I am pleased with my purchase of a colorful peacock God mask (the God of good humor, good look and harmony ... good choice!) and two beautiful masks of a Sri Lankan antique king and queen made from balsa wood. In Sri Lanka you're are constantly bombarded with hard core sales people, many seemingly untrustworthy, but this gift shop was not bad and I enjoyed my visit.
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