The size of the mask is 8.25 inches (21cm) long by 7 inches (18 cm) deep. The is some wear to the paint on the tip of the beak, sides and rim of the mask. The wood is in excelent condition.This Topeng (wood mask), Jatayu is from Purworejo, Central Java, ca. 1960, and is the son of Garuda ( he is Urud or Aruna, who is the charioteer of Surya, the Sun God).This man-bird (Jatayu) tries to rescue Sinta, when Rahwana was fleeing after kidnapping her. Rahwana fights him and wounds him fatally but before dying the bird manages to warn Rama and tells him who kidnapped Sinta.
Jatayu, Topeng mask, Java
Topeng and, in particular, Japanese Topeng can be traced back (by most accdounts) to the Javanese courts around 1000 to 1400. In it's early days it was a specialty of the courts but through time was also brought into everyday life. It originally was meant to be plays about gods and courts and battles won and lost but it also became the tool for rural life and was used to exxorcise as well as entertain.