Topeng Tumenggung

TumenggungThe character of Tumenggung in many places is referred to as “Patih” or minister (except in Losari where the mask appears more beastlike). The character is mature and strong, that of a high-ranking government official. The costume is quite interesting; the dancer wears a white-collared shirt under the top and a headdress with a rimless cap and white or black sunglasses. This costume follows the artist’s conception of a minister; the sunglasses are what officials often wear.

Some people believe that Tumenggung inspired the development of tari Kursus and that after Tari Kursus became popular in the 1920’s – 1930’s, this popularity and manner of performance in turn influenced the performance of Tumenggung.