Looking to ID wooden masks

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  1. Jacob Mays

    Jacob Mays New Member

    196A28D5-B8FB-4689-9193-37CE5D162C5B.jpeg 7DE1F324-58A1-40AC-BF64-3E47CF5079D5.jpeg 105C1439-1F8B-43C6-96F3-21E7525FC9ED.jpeg A1B71942-BE67-47ED-9487-AA4258DA693B.jpeg I was given some masks and have no interest in keeping them. Maybe someone here would have an idea of their value or where these came from originally?
     

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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

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    Debora
     
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  3. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    @Jacob Mays We can't see your images, post them here by starting a new post and then hit the "upload a file" button.
     
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  4. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    The photos in the gallery must be marked “private” just change that.
     
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  5. Jacob Mays

    Jacob Mays New Member

    did that help?
     
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  6. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Nope.

    Debora
     
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  7. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    ok here they are - good one!
     
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  8. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    They are from Bali, not sure why all the reddish ochre-y stuff is on some
     
  9. Jacob Mays

    Jacob Mays New Member

    Could you tell how old they are or if they’re worth anything?
     
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  10. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Not sure of the age, not new imho. Yes they are worth something - authentic masks like these are always saleable, don't know how much though - check comparables on eBay maybe?

    Someone with more experience with Balinese masks will be along - I've never owned one so nothing to go on.

    You might consider adding pictures of the backs - that sometimes helps with figuring out the age.
     
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  11. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I agree they are Indonesian.@Any Jewelry will be able to tell you more.
     
  12. blooey

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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Welcome, Jacob.
    Your masks are all from Bali. The condition is not great, they were either used or are old, rather neglected souvenirs. Could we see the backs please?

    #1 is Rangda, the demon queen. It is missing some details. This is a very popular mask with tourists. I live in the Netherlands, and Rangda masks are found in many Dutch homes.
    #2 not sure, could portray one of the relatives of demon king Ravana from the Hindu epic Ramayana.
    #3 looks like a generic mask. Could be used whenever needed, for a number of minor characters.
    #4 a Barong mask missing some details. Barong is the king of the nature spirits. He can take on any spirit animal form, but his favourite is the lion, which this mask portrays.

    #1 and 4 are characters from the same dance, the Barong dance. It symbolizes the eternal struggle for balance between good (Barong) and evil (Rangda).
     
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  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The base paint of Balinese masks and other painted carvings is generally a dull matt red. Gold painted details of crowns and other details become dull and ochre-like over time. Maybe that is what you mean?
     
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  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Jacob, about the missing details I mentioned, this is what a Rngda mask usually looks like:
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    And a Barong mask, not all of them have fangs:
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  16. Jacob Mays

    Jacob Mays New Member

    Thank you Any Jewelry!
     
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