TITLE: Javanese Buto
GENERAL REGION: Asia
DESCRIPTION: Buto Mask
MAKER: Ganuh Nugroho AdiNarimo, Surakarta, Java (1966- )
CEREMONY: Topeng Dance Drama
MAIN MATERIAL: pule wood
OTHER MATERIALS: paint; leather strap
The Topeng dance drama of the island of Java centers around the political history of the region and are called Babad Dalem (Chronicles of the Kings) or Raket. The most popular story centers around the national hero Panji, whose consort Dewi Chandrakirana is abducted by the powerful King Klana Sewandana of Bantarangin.
This specific mask represents a character known as Buto, a demon-giant who plays the role of antagonist to the hero Panji. It is used most commonly in the Cirebon Topeng in West Java. The mask would be worn by the masquerader biting down on the leather strap to hold the mask in place. This leaves the character mute throughout the performance.