Wayang Topeng (wood mask) - Bagong, +/- 1900

This wayang Topeng (wooden mask) is from Semarang and is from a set of Punakawan that I purchased - please see my other current auctions for the other three Punakawan. Just as in Wayang Kulit plays, the character depicted, Bagong, is one of the classic characters in Topeng dance in Java. His father, Semar, once complained to the gods that he was lonely on earth. The gods told Semar that his shadow would be his friend and created Bagong from Semar's shadow. That's why he looks very much like his father. He, like his father and two brothers, is a Punakawan (servant). He talks with a big booming voice. He always talks over what other people are saying. He always is joking around. These characters provide the comedy in the wayang kulit plays..

The size is 24 cm long (9.4 inches)
17 cm wide (6.7 inches)
15 cm deep (5.9 inches)
The weight about is 1.5 kg (3.3 pound)

Sell by a collector " wahdaniyat" of Yogyakarta, Indonesia on internet (2004): US $65.00