Bali & Java

Is this Balinese mask old?

Rangda mask
Rangda mask

Q:  Hi, my mother recently acquired this mask when a relative passed away, and I was really curious as to what the mask was depicting and how it may have been used. She thinks it is from Bali, but I have no idea. Thank you for your time!  Zack, 683

A:  Your mother is right. It is a beat up Rangda mask that might actually be an antique. But I can’t be sure. What I do know is that lots of people would enjoy having it on the wall as decorative art. You might want to consider taking some sharp high-res photos of the front, side and rear and send them to someone who deals in Indonesian folk art for an opinion. Who knows, it might be worth something.  ?

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