Old Balinese Barong Mask …beautiful collection and display piece

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller jimapix ✉️ (2,790) 100%, Location: Sydney, NSW, AU, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 255278658702 Old Balinese Barong Mask …beautiful collection and display piece. Old Balinese Barong Mask …beautiful collection and display piece Old Balinese Barong Mask, a beautiful collection and display piece… Barong is a panther-like creature and character in the Balinese mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in the Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil. Barong animal mask dance, together with sanghyang dance are considered native Balinese dances, predating Hindu influences. The native Indonesians of Austronesian heritage often have similar mask dances that represent either ancestral or natural spirits; an example is Dayak's Hudoq dance or any similar bear worship practice. The term barong is thought to have been derived from the local term bahruang, which today corresponds to the Indonesian word beruang which means "bear". It refers to a good spirit, that took the form of an animal as the guardian of forest. In Balinese mythology, the good spirit is identified as Banas Pati Raja. Banas Pati Raja is the fourth "brother" or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout their life, which is a similar concept to guardian angels. Banas Pati Raja is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented as a lion. The Barong is often portrayed accompanied by two monkeys. Barong is portrayed as a lion with a red head, covered in white thick fur, and wearing gilded jewelry adorned with pieces of mirrors. The shape of lion Barong is somewhat similar to a Pekingese dog. The origins of the Barong are far back in time and quite uncertain. Its origins could be from animist worship, before Hinduism appeared, when villagers still believed in the supernatural protective power of animals… Please see detail photos which form part of the description… NOTE; Dings scratches and repairs in keeping with age only adds to the patina but must be mentioned… Please review all photos… STU/A10 The measurements are Size: 20 cm High X 26 cm Deep X 20 cm Wide Please email me with any questions or for a delivery quote …or pick up from Miranda in Sydney South International Buyers email me for a Shipping Quote Return Policy It is very important to me that you are happy with your purchase; if for any reason you are not, please contact me immediately, before leaving feedback, so I may have a chance to rectify the problem. We cannot fix a problem we do not know about. We strive for straight A+ and all 5’s in our feedback and will bend over backwards to achieve this. Any idem that is not as described or any idem that arrives damaged will be refunded. We ship by Australian registered and insured post or by Courier. I have many regular and happy customers and hope that you will also become one of them. NOTE Many of the items for sale at Jim’s International Bazaar were collected by Jim on his around the world adventures as an author, photojournalist and photographer. They include Turkish rugs, copper and brass, and artifacts from China, New Guinea, Africa and South America. These things are from his privet collection, none were bought for the purpose of reselling but rather to decorate his home. Many new items will be listed as they are unpacked from storage along with a wonderful collection of photographic prints including many wildlife photos and prints of tigers photographed in China. ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER James Anderson is an internationally renowned photojournalist and adventurer, with two major photographic books (New Guinea & Cannibal), plus covers and major spreads in a whole host of internationally prestigious magazines from Life International to The Geographic and Argosy. He's been shipwrecked in the Pacific, wrestled camels in Turkey, and scoured the New Guinea Highlands in search of missing American heir and adventurer Michael Rockefeller. He has also lived and worked in the jungles of New Guinea for over two years while collecting material for his books and records. A blue-water yachtsman, he sailed his own 60ft yacht, the "Moana Vahine", from Hong Kong to Southern Turkey, down the South China Sea, across the Indian Ocean, and up the full length of the Red Sea, via Singapore, Panang, Sri lanki, The Maldive Islands, and French Djibouti. An avid diver and spear fisherman, he mounted a series of diving expeditions in The Maldive Islands and The Red Sea. In addition to several years in New Guinea, he has organized and/or participated in photographic expeditions in Kenya and Tanzania, in Brazil and Columbia, in Turkey and some of the more remote islands of the south pacific. "On board the forty-foot ketch, the "Marquesa", we were the first yacht to visit the remote island of Ua Pou, in the Marquesas in almost two years. Condition: Please see detail photos which form part of the description… NOTE; Dings scratches and repairs in keeping with age only adds to the patina if this wonderful piece, but must be mentioned… Please review all photos…, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available, Material: Wood, Product Type: Masks, Originating Region: Balinese, Original/Reproduction: Original, Era: 1900s

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