M A S K S T H AT M AI N TAI N T H E W ORLD – TAASA Review March 2011


This article was originally found in the March 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 1, Page 7).

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Michele Stephen B alinese masks, simply as works of art, are compelling and intriguing objects.

With their multifarious colours and shapes they evoke a pantheon of divine beings, all kinds of human figures, from the beautiful to the hilarious, and many sorts of engaging and terrifying beasts.

They are made of light, finegrained wood painted with layers of glowing colour and embellished with filigrees of pierced gilt leather, with mirrors and coloured glass, wigs of animal and human hair, strings of beads, flowers, earrings...