Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
Dance mask of Bhuta Cakil, late 19th century
wood, gold, gemstones, leather, horse hair
18.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm
National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta
Bhuta Cakil is an archetypal ogre. He symbolises wilfulness and greed and appears in a range of theatrical performances. The character was said to have been introduced into Indonesian theatre in the 17th century.