masks (dance & live theatre)

Wayang wong mask, tapel, depicting Hanuman, or Anoman. Mask carved from pule wood, with tiny nose above prominent jaws and furrowed ridge running vertically above nose to forehead. Mouth open with large canine in upper and lower jaw to each side; aperture below large round eyes. Face painted white with black, red and gold details. An ear pendant at each earlobe. Facial hair indicated around the mouth in black paint with gold stripes. Row of low mounds painted in swirls of black and gold above brows, which are painted gold. Headdress of carved and painted leather with coronet. At rear is a headdress, which curves upwards and backwards at the front with a larger projection at the rera which curves upwards and forward, made of wood covered in black velvet. The remainder of the skull cap is also covered in black velvet with decorative elements in carved and gilded leather, terminating in a garuda finial at the rear. Pompom of red wool fixed to either side of the mask above the ears. Hook for hanging at top front behind coronet. Signed by the maker on the inside

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