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Post by Star May 2nd 2021, 6:51 pm

hi, I've been given these masks and would appreciate any information regarding where they are from, and or what they are for , thank you Happy Balinese masks 20180910
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Post by NaomiM May 2nd 2021, 7:40 pm

I think they are mid-20thC dancing masks from Sri Lanka. They have a long tradition of using masks in their threatres. Although India / Bali / other Indonesian countries are also possible.

https://disco.teak.fi/asia/wayang-wong-and-topeng-forms-of-mask-theatre/

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Post by APEX-Antiques September 18th 2021, 10:21 pm

Balinese (Indonesian) circa 1970's-80's, they were originally used as masks in ritual drama of epic battles between gods etc (Bali being a Hindu island in a majority Islamic country) however by the time these would have been made, they were being made for the tourist market. This doesn't diminish their value, interest or decorative appeal IMHO
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Post by studio-pots September 19th 2021, 2:41 pm

Thanks for your input Apex. Much appreciated.

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