Jeffrey H. Vick

Music Educator, Timpanist/Percussionist, Private Percussion Studio

Balinese Topeng & Calonarang Masks


Topeng Masks from Bali, Indonesia

Topeng is a masked dance where one performer portrays several different characters including Topeng Dalem (the refined king), Topeng Keras (a minister), Topeng Tua (an elder statesman) among others. Topeng traces its roots to India and Java, and communicates history, philosophy, moral standards and government messages to its audience.  The following masks are from my personal collection, acquired from 1999-present, and are not for sale.

Bali229Mask maker and dancer Ida Bagus Anom’s residence in Bali

June 5, 1999


Bali232Anom demonstrating the different stages of mask making


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L-R: different stages of carving prior to painting & finish work


Bali239Ida Bagus Anom describing the different masks characters; display is of masks that were for sale

June 5, 1999


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Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Bali239aA mask similar to this one was acquired years later & is shown below

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Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


IMG_6165“Subali” – Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


IMG_6183“Bedaulu, The Pig Headed King” – Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali

Dalam Bedaulu, King of Bali during the Majapahit kingdom (1275-1527) possessed the ability to meditate so deeply he could separate his head from the rest of his body. One day while doing so the uncooperative head rolled into a stream where a pig was being slaughtered a few miles away.  Following the head’s return to his body, Bedaulu became know as “The Pig-Headed King” because of his stubbornness. This mask is also shown below prior to purchase, top row, 6th from left.

Bali240“Happy” – the same character was featured in the 1990 National Geographic Special

“Bali, Masterpiece of the Gods” – June 5, 1999


Bali242Anom modeling “Happy”


IMG_6170“Happy” – Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


IMG_6167“Drama – Happy (rotate 180º for Sad)” – Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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“Drama – Sad (rotate 180º for Happy)” – Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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Artist: Ida Bagus Anom (dated: 5 October 2016)

Mas, Ubud, Bali

 

Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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“Yawning” – Artist: Ida Bagus Anom

Mas, Ubud, Bali


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“Topeng Tua” – Artist: Unknown

Used during the introductory set of dances, Topeng Tua is a wise elder statesman who first appears sitting in a chair. Slowly standing he looks over the audience, with moments of great energy followed by exhaustion reflecting his years as his knees or lungs give out.  Comic moments where a flea is found in his clothing or lice in his hair are shown in a dance that shows tenderness, sadness, and childlike innocence.

“Dalem” – Artist: Unknown

Dalem (“Raja” or “King”) represents the qualities desirable in a ruler or leader – intelligence (represented by the third eye), nobility; the Dalem possesses good looks, is often a romantic hero, and this Topeng dance is performed with grace and style.

IMG_6187Artist: I.B. Ari Asta, son of I.B. Sutarja

Mas, Ubud, Bali


IMG_6185“Crescent Moon Mask” – Artist: Unknown


IMG_6174“Yawning” – Artist: Unknown


Ida Bagus Anom: Topeng (solo masked) Dance – June 12, 1999, Mas, Ubud, Bali

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Bali389Anom: Topeng Tua – June 12, 1999


Calonarang Masks from Bali, Indonesia

IMG_6219“Rarung” – Artist: Unknown

Found in the Calonarang drama, Rarung possesses the ability to dispose of objects (dead bodies), and is sometimes called the Red Rangda.

IMG_6222“Rangda” – Artist: Unknown

Found in the Calonarang and Barong dramas, this mask represents the Queen of Witches and is the Balinese embodiment of evil, an expert in black magic and a symbol of fear.

IMG_6220“Barong Ket” – Artist: Unknown

A supernatural dragon-like creature and protector of mankind, the Barong fights and snaps its giant wooden teeth, and also has the innocent playful nature of a puppy.  The confrontation between Barong and Rangda depicts the opposition of positive and negative forces in the universe.

AnomJHVSuradnyaJune 13, 1999: w/Ida Bagus Anom (left) and I. Nyoman Suradnya (Batik Artist)