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Javanese traditional dance mask

Q:  I purchased a mask at an antique dealer estate sale for $5 because I thought it was interesting. I think it may be Javanese. It’s made of thin wood and measures just under 7″ x 6″ wide. Would you know approximate age, origin & value?  Kevin,  1223

A:  As I say on the website, we do appraisals for a fee. I can tell your colorful lady is a character in one of the classic dance dramas of Java, and certainly worth more than you paid. The carving quality is good but the painting is below average. None the less, it will look good on the wall. I can’t tell whether it was ever used or not, and that would also effect value. You might enjoy viewing our Bali & Java category to see some similar masks from Indonesia.  B-

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