Bali & Java

Java Monkey Mask

Q:  I purchased this from an antique store for $75. Carved from a single piece of wood with a small purple gemstone inset on the forehead. Measures approximately 9 inches from forehead to chin, about 5.5 inches deep, and 5.5 inches across. Store owner said she purchased as part of a lot of masks from a collector at auction. Was labeled as possible exorcism mask from Nepal. – Shannon

A: This is a monkey mask from Java.  Oftentimes the monkey character will provide comic relief during traditional dance dramas.  After seeing the back of the mask, I think this mask made for display versus usage but I think it would look great displayed on your wall.


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