Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown maker from Indonesia
  • mask, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Bali, Indonesia
  • wood, cotton, paper, paint, glass, metal
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 61 x 28 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 24 x 11 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Michener
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2829

The human-like wooden mask has bulging eyes and flaring nostrils. It has a large mouth with even teeth and curving upper and lower canines. The tongue is a strip of faded red cloth with three diamonds of cut paper, painted gold, with a mirror in the center. There is gold cut paper frill on either side of the mouth and another at the top of the forehead. There are four gold horns in the center of the forehead and on the top of the nose, flanked with red eyebrows. It has long ears with dangling lobes.