Global Art & Artifacts

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 “colorful” lead characters, this mask – with it’s intricate carved details in the cheeks, eyebrows and forehead – had to be used by a talented upcoming actor.

 

Balinese life is full of festivals and parties. There are rituals for planting crops and building homes, ceremonies to summon gods from mountains, small prayer sessions, and elaborate cremations (with fires only a few feet from the road). There are parties for weddings, pregnancies, cremations, temple purifications, teeth filing and other rites of passage. All of this is in addition to the festivals on the Balinese calendar.

 

This mask was found in an affluent antique shop in Thailand. Specifically Sam Liam Thong Kham, in Chiang Rai Province, northern of Thailand. Probably sold to the shop by a collector.

 

Well used but still in very good condition . . . and certainly suitable for hanging in your den or office.

 

The carvings on this mask are quite spectacular. Stand not included. Cultural Permit will accompany the mask.

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