Saturday, 7 November 2009

Traditional Mask of Indonesia

Mask is used to represent the character embodiment of a figure. It is also related with the aesthetics aspect, history, and religious ceremonies. The face of a mask tends commonly caricature in nature to get an impressive image. Detail of contour, colour, and accessories on mask usually inherent with the character of the figure the user.

In year 2001, Indonesian Post Office issued the serial mask, depicted Arsa Wijaya Mask (Bali), Wayang Wong (Jogjakarta), Hudoq (East Kalimantan), Cirebonese Mask (West Java), andAsmat (Irian Jaya).

Rumiang, one of many Cirebonese masks represent s gentle and open-minded figures as depicted in denomination value 800.

Asmat, is the Irian Jaya mask as depicted in denomination value 800, which covered all body not only the face. The masks are believed can represent the ancestor’s spirit.

Hudoq, as a created by The East Dayak Kenyah and it will perform with the singing quatrain and the sound of percussion instrument. Hudoq is represented the Apo Kayan, the gods of nature, who will protect them and their field from harm. This dance represent their gratitude towards the earth almighty for giving them good harvest and peaceful life. This mask depicted on stamp with denomination value 900.

 Wayang Wong, is taken from Yogyakarta style as depicted on stamp denominated in value 900, related with single dance like Klana Raja mask and represent feeling to be figure in their performance.

Arsa Wijaya, is one of many characters that function is revealing history from Bali Island .In this dancing they usually perform the secular dance with entertaining aspect. The themes of the dancing are taken from the region history. This mask depicted on stamp with denomination value 500.

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