history of tribal Bali masks is indeed an interesting one.
For starters, these masks come in a number of
different forms, having been used for thousands of years.
Although masks have evolved over the years, most of
them are the primitive masks used for tribal ceremonies.
these masks are made from wood.
However, depending on the specific region where they
come from, they are made from a number of materials.
The goal of the Bali tribal mask is to scare off evil
spirits, sickness, or to prevent natural disasters such as
famine, drought, and floods.
in Bali, the Mask Dance is one of the oldest performing arts
known to man. This dance was first developed north of Java and by the 16th
Century, growing dramatically in popularity.
Throughout Indonesia, you will find all types of
masks, some of which are worn for funerals, some for
initiation rites, and some for exorcism rituals.
many area of Bali to include Batak, Maluku, and Timor still
believe strongly in the power of the mask and continue to
use them today. It
is believed that the Death Mask was actually one of the
original forms made and used as a way of offering anonymity
to performers. As the mask was worn, it created a more realistic
presentation of the performer as he portrays being a god,
demon, or ancestor.
of mask from Bali is the Court Mask, which is made from
wood, then beautifully painted using gouache, and often
enhanced with gems or studs.
Many primitive masks are still being found in areas
of Indonesia around Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Bali,
including some that can be identified as ceremonial,
funeral, and dance masks.
that 17,000 islands exist in Indonesia, you can only imagine
the incredible findings.
In fact, museums around the world now proudly display
ancient tribal masks, some that are very valuable.