mask; topeng

Carved wooden mask for topeng keras, the strong minister, with bulging eyes and bared teeth. The face is painted brown, the lips red, the teeth white and the eyeballs white with multicoloured pupils and red on inner eyelid. Apertures in nostrils, between teeth and below eyeballs. Moustache and eyebrows of goatskin, hair around top and sides of mask of natural fibre. Carved from pule wood. Signed inside. Rubber strap affixed at both sides at the rear.

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