|mask; religious or cult object; carving
|Date of production:
early 19th century
|Place of production:
Demon (Rangda) mask, a prop for a Balinese dance performance, and a sacred object. Rangda is the Balinese witch, the negative heroine of one of the most important dance plays of the locals. Embodying a cosmic struggle between the forces of good and evil, Barong performances aim to restore the cosmic balance, with both characters being equally necessary and important. The mask in the picture is rather worn, faded and incomplete, but it does show the character's typically bulging eyes, long fang-like teeth and black, white and red paintwork. However, the long tongue and spectacular mane are also missing.