Indonesian Tribal Art - Mask, Java

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Bondres Dukuh mask
Wood, pigment
7.75" (30 cm) high by 5-5/8" (7.5 cm) wide
Early to mid-20th century

This half-mask is that of a wayang dance character named Bondres Dukuh, who was the clown of the court. He told jokes, announced commands of the king and always had mucus dripping from his nostrils, which in this case has been gilded. Nice patina on reverse from age and use.



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