For centuries, in Java - Indonesia has used mask in a dance performance, such as in Joho ancient inscription in 840 ACC. In the book of Negara Kertagama, during the reign of Prabu Hayam Wuruk, the king of Majapahit Kingdom, in XIV century, the word "rakot", was used to refer to a mask performance. It means that people have been making mask since long ago. Mask dance has grown up particularly in Java and Bali because of the demand at that time. Nowadays, we often see a mask dance. To make mask for a dance performance, people must consider the figure who will use it. In the development, the mask is also made for souvenir with a variety of color and size. Beside as a dance property, mask can also be used as a decoration, e,g. Candle and holder lamp etc. The new and innovative models are created according to the market demand. In making a mask, people use carving technique to form the character and decoration on it. The material to make mask is softwood which is easily carved, e,g. "Pule" or "Waru" wood.
Added on: Jun 20, 2002 | Hits: 923