Bali & Java

Cakil is one of the bad guys

Javanese mask
Javanese mask

Q:  Hey! I have a question if you or anyone else have any information about this mask. It hangs on a wall at home here in Sweden, but I have no clue about it other then I believe it’s from Malaysia.  Varg, 775

A:  Let’s go further south to Java, Indonesia. Here there are masks representing many frightening characters. The demon called Cakil (fang) is the main opponent of the hero Arjuna in the Topeng dance drama that is also popular the Bali. Your mask appears to be new. It was probably made for sale to tourists, but it could also be used in a village performance.  B

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