Vintage Small Rangda Mask, Balinese from Lombok (1265GCE) $395

$395.00

H: 6.375”  W: 4.875”  D: 2.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

This traditional but unusual mask (topeng) of Rangda was a rare toy or was used to teach  children Balinese lore and religious and artistic expression. It has wonderfully carved upper fangs, bulging eyes and protruding teeth and, as a personification of evil Rangda, who leads an evil army that instills anxiety and fear. This mask is in very good condition considering its age and use.

 

Description

This rare folk-art Rangda mask was made on the island of Lombok, Indonesia by ethnic Balinese Hindu craftsman. Primarily Muslim, a Balinese Hindu minority ruled the island from 1750-1895 and Hindu temples (pura) have been centers for Balinese activities since the 17th century. Balinese girls are encouraged to “dance with their hands” and formal dance training begins at 6-7 years old. Body, eye, head and hand positions are difficult and require years of training and movements must coordinate with the music. Rangda rules an army of witches and practitioners of black magic. Barong, a lion-like mythical beast, is leader of the forces of good, her opposite and can negate her power and malicious forces. These mythical beings clash in the Barong dance (Calonarang)  wearing masks and Barong restores the traditional balance and stability. In good condition with a crack at its center on the rear side, this mask is in the VA collection of Hindu-cultural-and-ritual-art. Our two antique Rangda masks are missing their lower fangs and account for them being “de-commissioned.”

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 8 × 8 in
Place of Origin

Indonesia

Period

Vintage (1920-1980)

Date

1920-1980

Materials and Technique

Wood

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 6.375” W: 4.87” D: 2.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 16.19cm W: 12.38cm D: 5.71cm

Weight

5.3oz

Condition

Very good, see description

Reference Number

1265GCE

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