Barong head
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ABR 017

 Code: ABR 017

  Country: Indonesia


  Date: 1800 - 1900

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.5 x 10 x 9.5

  Materials: Wood

Barong head

This leonine face bears all the usual features of wrathful manifestations: bulging eyes, wrinkled nose, fierce smile revealing sharp fangs, a drawn tongue and abundantly cascading hair. This terrifying face belongs to Barong, a balinese mythological creature. Despite his appearance, he is considered to be a beneficial spirit and guardian of the forest. Carved on a hollowed-out piece of wood, this object may have served as an architectural ornament.