Collection Number 88
Title Wayang Topeng/Masked Dance Performance
Time 1993
Time Acquisition 1994
Place Jogjakarta, DIJ, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition Kooi Gallery, Jakarta
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Sulasno (Wonosari 1957 –Jogjakarta 2023
Size 62 cm x 53 cm
Art (Performance)
Current Location Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) Permanent Exhibition “Indonesian Glass Paintings: The Collection of O‘ong Maryono and Rosalia Sciortino” Link:
Description Wayang topeng is a form of masked dance performance accompanied by gamelan. Since long time masks have been used in Indonesia for various rites and performances. It is believed that the spirit of the character enters the body of the dancer through the mask. One performer can play a variety of characters using different masks. The colour and shape of the mask indicate what type of character is being portrayed.

Topeng is often based on the Mahabharata and the Ramayana epics, among other sources, but from a very early stage The Adventures of Prince Panji has been the most popular source of its plot material. This story cycle was created in East Java during the Majapahit dynasty. Its hero, the handsome Prince Panji, combines features of earlier historical and mythical figures.