Masks from Indonesia in the Náprstek Museum

Pages 41–94
DOI 10.1515/anpm-2017-0020
Keywords Mask, Performance, Topeng, Wayang wong, Bali, Java, Kalimantan
Type of Article Materialia
Citation KERLOGUE, Fiona. Masks from Indonesia in the Náprstek Museum. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2017, 38(1), 41–94. DOI: ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from:
Annals of the Náprstek Museum | 2017/38/1

Masks from Indonesia have been worn in performances in a number of contexts. In Java, masked drama occurred in the royal courts as well as in the countryside. In Bali masks are still a feature of daily life in connection with performances in temples and at life cycle ceremonies. Balinese masks relate to a range of genres. In Kalimantan masks are mostly used in rituals connected with rice-growing. Indonesian masks in the Naprstek Museum collections all come from one of these contexts, most having been used and later discarded, while some were made especially for the tourist market.

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