Babad Dalem is a Balinese history translated as “Chronicle of the Kings” despite it not being a western-like chronicle. The original was probably written in the 18th century by a Brahman tied to the Klungkung Palace in Bali. A mix of myth, legend, and history tracing back to its Javanese roots to the Hindu-Buddhist Majapahit Empire (1293-1527), it is considered a sacred document of Balinese kingsand their ministers.

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  • 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.


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  • Vintage King’s Strong Minister Mask, Bali (1301-18PBE) $125

    Ht: 8.5”  W: 6.51”  D: 4.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This traditional Patih (minister) Keras (hard, strong, forceful) Balinese mask is deeply carved, and his huge red lips symbolize a tough, intense, easy to anger but powerful man in a position of prestige. Exaggerated facial elements of large bulging eyes, a powerful stare, huge, bright red lips and a thick animal hair/hide mustache indicate his internal strength as a trusted minister carrying out his king’s wishes. This mask was personally collected in Bali in the 1970s and is in excellent condition with minor scratches and losses consistent with age.

  • Vintage Mask of a King (Topeng Dalem), Bali (1301-32JBE) $110

    H: 7.375″   W:  5.625″   D: 3 ” | FREE SHIPPING!

    A traditional Balinese mask, this is a refined and idealized model of a Hindu king (dalem) and is usually white, the color of purity. The mask and dance portrays the actions, traits and gestures of a good king having grace, poise, dignity and refinement. Well carved and balanced, it has fine proportions and the crown, animal hide/hair, eyebrows and mustache are well integrated to present a confident king. Personally collected in Bali in the 1970s, it is in very good condition with a wash applied as a patina to make it look older.

  • Vintage Mask of a Strong Minister (Topeng Keras), Bali (1301-4FBE) $125

    H: 7.125”  W: 5.875”  D: 3” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This fine, deeply carved and painted Balinese mask is the king’s strong prime minister (patih keras), a position of prestige usually filled by warriors of the second Hindu (ksatrya) caste. The large bulging eyes increase the power of his stare and the outsized thick bright red lips symbolize his intensity. This mask was personally collected in Bali in the 1970s and is in excellent condition with minor hair loss on the eyebrows.

  • Vintage Mask of Minister Kebo Taruna, Bali (1301-11QBE) $125

    H: 7.5”  W: 6”  D: 3.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This fine vintage historical ethnic Balinese mask is Kebo Taruna. the powerful Balinese minister (patih) feared by Gaja Mada the brilliant Javanese “Elephant General” who brought the Indonesian Hindu Majapahit Empire to its peak and conquered Bali in 1343. His peculiar half-smile, forceful eyes and angular nose are carved to complement his intense expression, make it look more forceful and add energy to the mask. These features describe the minister’s power and confidence. Finely carved and embellished with animal hide and hair for his mustache and eyebrows, this mask is in excellent condition.

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