mask (dance & live theatre)

Painted and carved wooden mask, mainly green, with many teeth and an exaggeratedly wide open mouth. The mask probably represents Anggotmandali. It has a round, curved forehead, turning in at the top of the nose, and black eyebrows that curve upwards and towards each other at the centre. It is much thicker at the centre of the eyebrow. The eyes are circular and flat, with vertical almond-shaped pupils, and red irises. There are apertures at either side of the eyes. The eyes are surrounded by black paint, which extends beyond them at either side. The nose is small and green, and horizontal, emphasising the open upper jaw. There are two small apertures in the nose, with red paint to indicate nostrils. An area of paint has been lost from the forehead, and another from above the front teeth. There are signs of use by a dancer and of previous display, as well as vestiges of the leather strap with which the dancer would have held the mask in the teeth.

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