Vintage Carving of a Brahmana, Museum Quality Stand, Bali (1267BEM) $675


H: 15.5”  W: 8”  D: 5.125” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

Identified in Bali as Topeng Dayu or Dahyu, the mask of a Brahmana, it is a bit large to be a dance mask and, if smaller, could have filled a series of important  roles in mask dances and dramas. Presented as a charming and beautiful woman from the top Hindu caste, she has delicate, detailed and sensitive features, and the carving is superbly and subtlety modeled. There are some minor paint losses and darkening of the yellow paint but its condition remains very good given its age and use, and it is  presented on a museum quality stand.



This folk-art carving from Bali is a traditional female Dayu, an ethnic Balinese high-caste Hindu Brahman Woman. Too large to be worn as a face mask (topeng), it is a very special and beautiful piece..  A smaller version would be used for a number of masks including Raja Putri, the noble wife/queen of a Balinese king (dalem), any high caste Brahmana as identified above; the wife of a high court official; the wife of a prime minister (patih); and Sita the wife of Rama, the hero and heroine of the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana. These roles would have been found in Babad Dalem (Chronicles of Balinese Kings) or the great ancient Hindu epic poem the Ramayana. A thought on age, quality and lack of wear on a mask: Curator Laurie Margot Ross’ comments on Sir Thomas Raffles 19th century masks in the British Museum that have “not much wear” and suggests they may not have been used prior to his purchase. The key, of course, is not age, wear or use but the aesthetics of a carving. This piece is part of the Hindu-Cultural-and-Ritual art

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Additional information

Place of Origin



Vintage (1920-1980)



Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 15.5” W: 8” D: 5.125 on stand

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 39.37cm W: 20.32cm D: 13.02cm on stand


4 lbs


Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

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