mask (dance & live theatre)

Carved and painted wooden mask of Rangda in her form as Sri Walu Nateng Dirah. Face completely dominated by two bulging eyes with concentric circles painted on eyeballs. Nose with flared nostrils painted red inside. Two slightly curved tusks rise from left and right of upper jaw which has 4 teeth and 2 fangs. Long tongue made of carved leather painted gold with black central panel. Large mouth with red-painted lips edged with black-painted band with narrow white lines crossing it. Large ears painted white with gold detailing along ridges and lobes with holes. Painted and carved whiskers to either side of head. To left and right of mouth are pieces of leather formed into flame shapes, painted gold. 2 gold-painted embossed horns at top, with a further pair of smaller gold horn-shaped pieces in the centre of the forehead above a white protuberance. Tiny horns to the left and right of the crown below the two main 'horns'. The nose is painted black along the ridge, some paint worn away at end. Hair from the top of the head probably horse hair; long strands of animal fibre bound onto fibre spines hang to the side and back. Red-painted gilded leather element representing flames at back of head.

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