10TH-11TH C. EAST JAVANESE LION (KALA) MASK ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT
Origin: Indonesia, East Java (Provenance: Collected in the early 1970ís by a British diplomat stationed in Indonesia; Ex. Michael Backman Limited, London; Ex. private collection, Honolulu, Hawaii )
Period/Date: 10th-11th Century
Description: This wonderfully dynamic and expressive lion mask is presented on a custom display stand. Made of red terracotta, this "kala" mask served a protective and benevolent purpose, and was likely affixed over a doorway in a temple or other public building an architectural element. It exhibits a wide, prominent nose, an open mouth with prominent teeth and fangs, bulging eyes, extravagant eyebrows and a sweeping moustache. Despite its age, the features on the mask are sharp, and it has an incredibly strong presence in person. The piece is in excellent condition.
Dimensions: Width 5.5 " (14 cm), height 4.5" (11.5 cm)
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