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(H082)

Central Java Green Bird Mask

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H082

This mask has been well used as the patina inside will tell. It obviously depicts a bird and might either be the famous garuda Jatayu from the Ramayana epic or it could also be Bango Tong-Tong from the Panji cycles. It is difficult to tell because usually Jatayu is depicted gold and red and while Bango Tong-Tong is green and black it is meant to be a type of crane with a long sharp beak.

This type of confusion is common amongst village troupes in Java.

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