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DESCRIPTION: A well carved and expressive Balinese Barong mask, carved entirely from a single piece of wood. This fierce looking lion-dog is considered a protector against evil. Carved with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and bared teeth, he is ready to pounce on any evil spirits that might be lurking nearby. The skill of the carver is evident in the three dimensional quality of the mask, the details of the lion's curled hair and the gilded decorations around the ears and brows. This mask is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or losses.
CULTURAL BACKGROUND: The Barong is a protector spirit, similar to a guardian angel, in the form of a lion-like creature with a red head. He is a cherished figure in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia, and is considered the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dances to represent the eternal battle between good and evil. Balinese villages keep a sacred Barong Ket mask at the temple where it receives offerings as it protects the village.
DIMENSIONS: 10.5" wide (26.7 cm) x 8.5" high (21.5 cm).