ITEM 40557

Barong, the God of Good

Bali or Lombok
Wood, pigment
19th / early 20th Century
23 cm / 9 in

Ex Terrance “Zak” Saklofsky

The fanged deity goes back long before the arrival of the Brahmanic religions, commonly referred to as Hinduism. We see a long fanged ‘mask’ on shields from the Dayak of Borneo. The ancient Bronze Standards found on Roti and Savu feature an iconography of long sharp fangs, not so different from this mask being offered.

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