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mask
  • Indonesia
  • mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Indonesia
  • wood, paint, leather, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 16 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2830
Multimedia
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The human-like face has a prominent nose and painted eyes above slits for the wearer to see. It has a red face and black hair with grooves to indicate a hairstyle. It has green and yellow eyes with black eyebrows. It has green and yellow curvy lines on each cheek above a red and black beard with grooves. The red lips reveal many small even teeth with fangs at either side.

There is a small leather tab inside the mask for the wearer to grip between the teeth.