TITLE: Wayang Wong Rama
TYPE: face mask
GENERAL REGION: Asia
DESCRIPTION: Rama Mask
MAKER: Ida Wayan Tangguh, Singapadu (1935-2016)
CEREMONY: Wayang Wong
MAIN MATERIAL: pule wood
OTHER MATERIALS: gold-plated silver; glass; mirrors; buffalo leather; paint; gold leaf
The Wayang Wong dance drama retells parts of the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These epics revolve around the god Rama and his battle with the demon king Ravana, who has abducted Rama’s wife, Sita. In the end, Rama retrieves her with the help of the wily monkey god, Hanuman. This mask represents Rama and was carved in 2012 by the late master craftsman, I. Wayan Tangguh.
For more on Balinese masks, see Judy Slattum, Masks of Bali: Spirits of an Ancient Drama (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1992).
Video of a Wayang Wong performance in Bali, Indonesia.