Vintage Mask of a King, Bali (1301-12EBE) $105

$105.00

H: 8.125 ”  W: 6″  D: 3.5 ” | FREE SHIPPING!

Dalem is an idealized and refined mask (topeng, tapel) of a model Hindu King from Bali and is usually white symbolizing purity. The mask and dance present actions, postures and gestures validating the traits of a good king: grace, poise, dignity and refinement. This piece is well carved, balanced and in fine proportion, and the crown and the animal hide and hair eyebrows and mustache are well integrated in portraying the king’s confidence. It is in very good condition with a wash applied as a the mask to make it look older. It was personally collected in Bali in the 1970s.

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Description

This Dalem is a traditional folk-art and ethnic mask  (topeng) from Bali made from pulai wood of a Hindu king (Dalem). He stares directly at the viewer while his high cheeks help express his poise and the ability to remain cool in a crisis. This is a fine example of a gifted carver able to express these qualities through brilliant modeling. Not simply a face covering, Balinese masks possess spiritual magic (tenget) and are seen as powerful, magical and as offerings to the gods. A five mask dance presentation by a gamelan and a single dancer called topeng pajegan often performed on the founding anniversary of a temple (odalan) includes this important mask. Set in an outer temple courtyard considered sacred, the dancer changes masks and costumes with the audience watching and executes five very different personalities. Stories presented are derived from the Hindu epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Babad Dalem histories of Hindu Balinese kings. This is folk-art at its finest and part of the VA Collection of Hindu-Cultural-and-Ritual Art.

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Additional information

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

Indonesia

Period

Vintage (1920-1980)

Date

1970's

Materials and Technique

Wood

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8.125 W: 6” D: 3. 5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 20.63cm W: 15.25cm D: 8.89cm

Weight

6 oz

Condition

Very good, see description

Reference Number

1301-12EBE

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