Bali & Java

Popular Indonesian mask

Rangda, Bali
Rangda, Bali

Q:  Bought this mask at an estate not sure what I want to do with it probably to be honest sell it.   Lile, 678

A:  This is Rangda, the most popular character mask from the classic Balinese dance dramas. People find them colorful and exotic. It is an inexpensive one that has been carved and painted quickly and can be purchased for very little money. If you search you can find photos of much finer examples, but they will cost more. A well made Rangda that has been used by a professional dancer for a long time would cost even more. Actually, B, C and D all apply to this particular example.

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