Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Artistically, Bali is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. For centuries, artists and craftsmen in Bali worked under the patronage of the priests and ruling classes, decorating palaces and temples. The artists themselves were anonymous, never signing their work and usually living close together in artists' 'villages'. Generally the artists did not have much room for personal expression, as their designs followed strict aesthetic and religions guidelines. With the arrival of European artists at the start of the 19th century, this soon began to change, and artists started developing their own individual styles.
This mask is not particularly used in any Bali ritual, dance or theatre. It is an original interpretation of the Balinese carver and is sold in tourists market.
Wood , Copper
Height : 12″ (30.5cm)