Faces of Indonesia : Topeng

February 1st, 2015 | by TheJourneyMagz
Faces of Indonesia : Topeng

Topeng or Mask has become one of the oldest forms of expression of human civilization has ever created .In Indonesia, mask plays a special symbols in various ceremony and cultural activities are sublime. Here are The Journey’s list of Topeng in Indonesia.

Topeng Betawi

Betawi mask itself is a joint performances involving dance , music , narration and singing, such as theater or opera . But in this show the cast wear masks as part of the show.




Topeng Surakarta

Topeng of Surakarta is similar in style and theme with Yogyakarta ones. Differences are seen in the craftmanship of masks; facial hair is represented with hair or fibre, while Yogyakarta-style uses black paint. And similarly to Yogyakarta, the Surakarta topeng punakawan (jester) often uses jawless half-mask.



Topeng Jogja

the mask dance is part of Wayang Wong performance. Certain characters such as wanara (monkey) and denawa (giant) in Ramayana and Mahabharata uses masks, while the knight and princesses are not wearing any mask. The punakawan (jester) might use a half mask (mask without jaw).




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