ITEM 11940

Mask Depicting a Hero

Cirebon Court, Java
19th/ Early 20th Century
Ex Private Japanese Collection

Wood, pigment, gilt
6.75 in / 17 cm

The Java Courts, kraton, though Islamic since the 15th Century, supported masked dramas of Hindu themes. This character features a long refined nose, iconic for a hero, quite possibly depicting Prince Panji, who must struggle to recover his bride-to-be from a lustful demon.

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