Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
Woven in cotton or tussar silk, it is a saree with a broad red border and a white or cream ground. It is a part of festive attire in Bengal, worn on occasions such as Durga Puja. The red border symbolises the vermilion on the forehead of a young bride and the alta (red dye) that Bengali women apply to their hands and feet on auspicious occasions.