Fanged Deity 10200

Sasak, Lombok

Wood

19th Century or earlier

9 in/23 cm

Fanged deity imagery may be found throughout the Indonesian archipelago. We see is expressed on nearby Bali in the Barong, god of good, who probably predates Hindu influence, as well as the fanged demon painted on Dayak shields of Borneo. A bronze ritual object dating to the Dongson Period found on the island of Roti depicts the earliest surviving version.