"Tari Topeng" or mask dance. The Balinese are master mask makers.
These masks, representing 'types' - old men, kings, clowns - are striking instances of character study.
This white mask with the black moustache and the prominent eyes is worn by a 'Djauk' dancer.
He also wears a crown made from buffalo skin.
Arthur Fleischmann wrote the following about this photograph in his manuscript:
"'Tapeng' is the most popular of the several Balinese mask-dances. It is performed for entertainment, and produces a story with a number of characters well known to everybody.
"Mostly 3-4 dancers play the parts of a dozen characters changing their masks. There is a special 'Tapeng' in which one dancer performs all the characters. It is amazing to see how his movements and his whole attitude change suddenly as he puts on a new mask. He impersonates heroes and kings, priests and peasants, good and evil characters, young and old persons. One would not believe that it is always the same dancer if one would not witness the whole procedure.
"Behind all these masks dances our young Brahman carver."