Vintage Mask of a King (Topeng Dalem), Bali (1301-2FBE) $105


H: 8.5 ”    W: 3″    D:  2.5″    | FREE SHIPPING!

Topeng Dalem is a mask of an idealized, refined and upright model of a historical Hindu King and is usually a white mask, the color of purity. The dance presents actions and gestures validating the traits of a good king: grace, poise, dignity and refinement. This piece is well carved, balanced, in fine proportion and the crown, the triangular third eye and the animal hide and hair eyebrows and mustache are well integrated as is the mask’s pleasant smile. It is in very good condition with a wash applied as a patina to make the mask look older. It was personally collected in Bali in the 1970s.


All ethnic mask (topeng) dances in Bali are accompanied with music from a gamelan percussion orchestra as are dramas and other entertainments considered as offerings to honor, please and attract the favor of the gods and ancestral spirits. In the west dancers put on masks to pretend they are someone else. Balinese dancers become the character they dance. Traditional masks are often made from pulai wood that rarely cracks and is not difficult to carve. Masks are not simply part of a costume; they possess spiritual magic (tenget) and power. Topeng dalem is often takes place in a sacred outer temple courtyard during an odalan – a yearly festive celebrating  the founding of a Hindu temple that occurs every 210 days (a year on the Balinese religious calendar). A single male dancer preforms a 5 dance set called topeng pajegan and he changes masks and costumes with the audience watching. Dancers must express each personality using only a variety of  movements, postures and gestures. Folk-art masks may also be used for dramatic stories derived from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as well as Babad Dalem, the historical chronicles of Hindu-Balinese kings. Balinese Masks are part of the VA  Hindu-Cultural-and-Ritual Art Collection.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Vintage (1920-1980)



Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8.5” W: 6” D: 3.25”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 21.90cm W: 15.24cm D: 8.25cm


4.3 oz


Excellent, See Descripton

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