Dance Masks from Java

The masked arts of Indonesia are thousands of years old, pre-dating East Indian migrations. Masks represent and are believed to embody the spirits of royalty and dieties and transmit those energies and personalities to the wearer. In Bali, masked dancers experience trance states when they perform, at times loosing consciousness of themselves.
Traditionally, each mask is made unique, its carving, painting and decorating are never copied exactly from another. In keeping with that aesthetic, we aquire our pieces from the most reknowned artists, assuring each as distinct and authentic.
Dance masks are made of light weight woods, and are fitted with a leather bite pad. Ideally, a mask is custom fitted to the dancer's head. We have pre-made sizes that can accomodate many dancers, but we can also have masks specially ordered.