A FINE JAVANESE TOPENG MASK

Provenance: Dutch private collection.

These masks have a high historical value since they were made in the 18th until the 20th century. Some of them were used for religious ceremonies, worship rituals with sacred dances performed in royal palaces in Java. Dance masks were held in place by the dancer by gripping between the teeth a textile strip attached to the reverse of the mask. It was felt that through this strip, the spirit of the character could enter the dancer’s body.

Java, Indonesia. Good condition
Wood, natural pigments and gold plated ornaments. 25 x 25 cm

Price: on request