Indonesia-Bali-klungkung, mid-20th century
(L x W x D) : 19x13,5x9,5 cm
Pule wood, Natural pigments
It is a famous character in the Topeng. Topeng Tua is set in a solo dance called the Tari Topeng Tua. He embodies wisdom. His dance can be labouring and clumsy. His age betrays him (he generally stages himself seating on a chair that he can’t stand up from very easily). These little troubles due to his age are lightly played, almost childishly. It is amplified by his smile. Thanks to his internal strength and his dignity Tua Topeng dances in a vigorous way but never for too long.