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Wayang Gedog Performance Mask. Indonesian Religious Rituals. Wood. Ceremonials. Bali. Indonesia.

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  Not to be confused with the Wayang Topeng mask used in a dramatic form of dance performances, this mask was used in performances and stories about the kingdom of Janggala . . . about a love story between a prince and princess.   Obviously not used by the… Continue reading

Wayang Golek Rod Puppet. Sundanese Culture. West Java. Indonesia

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    There is still little known about the wayang golek puppets but historians have speculated that they most likely originated in China and arrived on the north coast of Java (Pasisir region) around the 17th Century. Through a series of cultural adoptions over a couple of hundred years,… Continue reading

Indonesian Ceremonial Dance Mask. Wood. Hand Painted. Cirebon. Java. Indonesia

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    This mask was used in a dramatic form of Indonesian dance called Topeng. Such masks are used to interpret traditional stories concerning fabled kings, heros and myths.   Hand made and hand painted in the mid-1900s and acquired in Cirebon in West Java (about 200 miles east… Continue reading

Marka / Warka Tribal Mask. Wood and Copper. Ceremonial. Mali. Africa.

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  About 2.5 million Bambara people for the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Bambara Kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached its pinnacle by 1787. It has always been an agricultural society with cattle rearing a secondary source of food.   In the northern… Continue reading

Old African Dance Mask Dan, Ivory Coast Africa

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Detail: This is a typical Dan mask except for one feature: the wood is smooth but not polished. These masks are known for their normal (idealized) human face carvings. This mask does not have any noticeable scarification. Circa mid-1900’s. In very good condition. Stand is not included.
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