Originally Topeng Tembem comes as a set with Topeng Penthul from Madiun City Java. The history of the art of Penthul Tembem comes from the journey of Ranggawarsita. Raden Ngabehi Ranggawarsita was a Javanese philosopher and poet. He was born into the famous literary Yasadipura family in Surakarta, in Central Java.
The particular characters of Penthul Tembem comes from the end of the story. There is a part where two servants of Bagus Burhan meet in Madiun City Square. There, they sing together wearing Penthul and Tembem masks. This event is called Penthul Tembem Art. The cultural values contained in the art of Penthul Tembem can be seen to focus on moral values, leadership, religious values, as well as entertainment values.
This mask is estimated to be early to mid 20th Century. Its craftsmanship is clearly recognised to be of a master’s artistry.
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