masks (dance & live theatre)

Wayang wong mask, tapel, depicting Wana, otherwise known as Merdah. Mask carved from pule wood, with large blunt nose above open mouth with one tooth to each side; sharp pointed chin. Narrow eyes have aperture below. Face painted brown with black, red, gold and white details. A lotus shaped ear ring in each earlobe. Facial hair indicated through droopy moustache ends at each side of the mouth carved and painted in black and gold lines. Headdress of carved and painted leather with coronet. Backward and downward curving projection at rear is made of wood, while the remainder of the skull cap is covered in black velvet with decorative elements in carved and gilded leather. 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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