About this object

History of use

Represents a character from the Ramayana saga.


Purchased in the 1970s by a friend of the donor, who was a representative of the Canadian government posted in Singapore. Thought to have been carved by either Ida Bagus Ngurah or his son, Ida Bagus Gelodog.

Physical description

Wooden plaque-like mask. Flat, demon-like face, with wide eyes, wide nose and four small tusk-like teeth, in centre of plaque. Face is wearing a dark gold, scalloped headdress, forming the top edge of the plaque. Central semi-circle on headdress with carved details, painted in red and black. Bottom edge of headdress bordered with black and red bands. Linear and geometric motifs carved throughout. Black and gold horns painted on either side of headdress. Mouth is open and has white teeth along the top edge. Stylized flames(?), painted red, gold and black, extend from both sides of the mouth. Flames(?) form the left and right sides of the plaque. Mouth and tongue are painted dark red, gums are pink. Area around mouth painted black with gold stripes throughout. Face is painted white, with black highlights around the cheeks and chin. Eyes are painted orange and yellow, rimmed in red. Brows protruding over eyes painted black. Mask has hole for mouth. Entire back is painted red.