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Scary animal mask from rural Indonesia

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Q: Could you tell me about the value and origin of this mask?  Susan, 539

A: I decided to show the rear view and side view because you can clearly see how these animal masks are constructed. The wearer holds it to his face while opening and closing the mouth and trying to scare people. These characters are meant to protect the village from evil spirits. I think these are used in rural Bali and Java. It is hard to tell if this one was used.  B

Categories:   Bali & Java

Comments

  • Posted: August 30, 2013 20:36

    Bob Solomon

    I can tell you what it is not - Mexican or Guatemalan or Native American
  • Posted: August 31, 2013 20:29

    MicroJivvy

    When I saw this posted on another board, I wondered about the construction and how/why it was used -- thank you for explaining!
  • Posted: October 3, 2013 11:32

    ishaan karietta

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  • Posted: October 3, 2013 11:32

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  • Posted: October 31, 2013 23:46

    Charles Mandel

    Usually two or more people are in the costume, with the first person carrying this type of mask out front. It isn't worn on the face.