This mask represents one of the main characters from the Khmer version of the Ramayana, the Reamker story that supports the all-male dance-drama tradition (lakhaoun khaol). The monkey characters that rule in the khaol tradition are seen in the white-faced Hanuman. Masks were used in various Khmer dance traditions including lakhaoun luong (court dance) and lakhaoun khaol. It is made by moulding layers of paper in two halves which are then joined together. Decorative elements are moulded in wax and applied to the mask, which is then painted and gilded with gold leaf. This mask is made by An Sok, one of the last master lacquer craftsmen in Phnom Penh.Commissions such as these help to sustain living traditions. It is thought that this set of masks could well be the most comprehensive set to have been made by Mr. An Sok who passed away recently.