X76.1970a Mask, Barong

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Mask, Barong
Bali, Indonesia
Early to mid-20th century
Wood, leather, twine, wire, hair, mirrors, paint
H: 31.0 cm, W: 46.0 cm, D: 26.0 cm (H: 12.2 in, W: 18.1 in, D: 10.2 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift. X76.1970a


The Barong is a mythical beast whose protective energy is harnessed when the mask is danced in a Balinese village. During the performance, the Barong opposes the destructive power of the witch Rangda, a Balinese version of the Indian goddess Durga. Today the Barong is often staged for tourists, but sacred performances include participants who enter trance brought on by the charged spiritual atmosphere of the conflict between the Barong and Rangda.