Balinese masks have made possible the important mask performance rituals performed on the Indonesian island of Bali for over a thousand years.
Although many ancient societies used masks to celebrate their religions, Bali is one of the few places where the ritual art has never disappeared and is, in fact, thriving. Carvers are producing more beautiful and elaborate wooden masks than ever, and thousands of people worldwide collect these compelling Indonesian wood carvings.
Masks are used in the dance drama of Topeng, ancestral history, Bali Hindu religion, and satire of regional situations are combined with music, dance, song and mime to celebrate the heroes of the past and their relevance to the contemporary workaday world. Like other traditional Balinese dances, Topeng traces its roots to the golden ages of India and Java. The word Topeng is Javanese for “mask” or something that covers the face.
Balinese Masks We Have In Stock
Bali Garuda Mask
In addition to their superb craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty, authentic Balinese Garuda masks like these also bring with them a rich cultural significance. A Garuda mask hanging in your home or office offers strength and protection.
Bali Hanuman Mask
In the Hindu cultures from which these wooden ceremonial masks come, Hanuman plays the protector in the in the Hindu Ramayana Epic, a story of good prevailing over evil and is meant to teach a person how to face ordeals and conquer obstructions.
Bali Pig King (Boar) Masks
Balinese Pig Mask is hand carved from wood in Bali by talented carvers. The Pig King is a guardian or protector that is often hung over doorways or windows to stop evil spirits or demons from entering.