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Celuluk Bali Mask Carved Bone Cabochon

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I'm excited to bring you this extraordinary Celuluk Balinese topeng or mask cabochon depicting a notorious leyak folklore character from the Island of the Gods.

Artisan-carved from bone, it was crafted exclusively for Indounik in Bali from a photo I took of a Celuluk mask during the island's festivities on the eve of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year. You can see the mask in the final photo shown here - click the arrows on left or right of the image to scroll through the gallery - and believe it or not, Celuluk is a woman!

Sure, you've got to be into the weird and wonderful to wear this piece - or going to a Halloween party - but it would make an amazing pendant and an even more extraordinary ring.

The back of these cabs can be quite concave, as you can see in one of the photos, so it would lend itself to a rather large ring.

There are holes in the ear lobes through which you can add little earrings if you think Celuluk needs prettying up.

The cab was carved in the village of Tampaksiring, home of the island's best carvers of bone, horn and shell.

These are all materials that have been traditionally used for centuries by native cultures around the world to make jewelry and tribal adornments, as well as practical things like buttons.

The bone used in Indounik cabs is from cattle and is sourced from the neighbouring island of Java where it is a bi-product of food production.

Creating this piece gave the carver, Made, a real buzz. Like most Balinese, he loves to share the unique culture and folklore of his people.

Carving skills are passed down from father to son and one of my fotos here shows Made's son, Ade, peering through the eyes of Celuluk.

These are stock photos are representative of the cab you will receive and there may be very subtle differences. As they're hand-carved, it's impossible for any two to be exactly the same.

Size: Approx 40mm (L) x 30mm (W) - 1 5/8 inches (L) x 1 1/4 inches (W)
Thickness: Approx 11mm
Weight: Approx 10 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: White, ivory, cream, depending on the bone from which it was carved. Bone worn against the skin for long periods will absorb oils from your body and turn a rich honey-colour.
Material: Bovine bone - cow bone - not drilled. Please note that in addition to this piece, I have one piece that is drilled with a hole at the top of the forehead. If you would like the drilled one, please convo me or add it as a message to seller at checkout.
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you'll need to sign for it on delivery. It will be well packaged to protect it in transit. I generally dispatch more quickly than the 3-5 days listed in my shipping profile, but if you need it super quick you can convo me prior to checkout for a quote on express delivery.

If you've ever been to Bali, there's a fairly good chance that you'll have seen a live cultural performance of Calonarang depicting the battle between Barong and Rangda – metaphores for good and evil.

Rangda is the fearsome queen of the leyaks, a widow witch with bulging eyes, dishevelled hair, large fangs, a long tongue and equally long, pendulous breasts.

A leyak – or leak as the Balinese spell it (le-ak) – is basically a head with entrails that flies around looking for small children to devour.

Rangda has some apprentices, among them Celuluk – pronounced “Cheluluk” - but unlike Rangda, they're not considered sacred.

They feature prominently in Balinese cultural performances that play out the never-ending struggle between the forces of good and evil. And they're never defeated.

That's because the Balinese believe you can not have good without evil and much of their energies are devoted to maintaining balance between the two.

Masks made to represent Rangda in cultural performances are carved from the wood of trees in cemeteries.

Because the Balinese believe Rangda's evil spirit comes into the mask, only certain people can wear it – mostly pemangku (priests) – and those who wear it must be purified with holy water beforehand. And it must be carefully covered between performances.

Rangda, Celuluk and their like also feature prominently in the annual parades of ogoh-ogoh that take place throughout the island on the eve of Nyepi, Balinese New Year.

Ogoh-ogoh are giant paper-mâché or styrofoam effigies that are trooped through the streets of villages big and small by teams of boisterous boys and men.

They're usually made by youth groups who start out with a skeleton of bamboo and create elaborate gravity-defying demons and even demonised public figures, such as those convicted of “corrupsi”.

Any time is a good time to be in Bali but the period around Nyepi is one of my absolute favourites. The island abounds with creative energy at the best of times but it's really concentrated at this time and it's inspiring.

If you're into the horror movie genre, then you might enjoy Stomp Tokyo's The Bad Movie Report review of Mystics In Bali (1981), an Indonesian-made film about leyaks, and the DVD itself, if you can find it. http://www.stomptokyo.com/badmoviereport/reviews/M/mystics-in-bali.html

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Celuluk Bali Mask Carved Bone Cabochon