Old Masks

Older masks represent the strength that is still inherent within traditional Timorese clans. Few truly genuine old masks remain for collectors. The offerings here may well be the last that leave the island.
Timorese masks fall into 3 main categories. Those made with paddle handles that are used to ‘hide’ one’s face when raiding a neighbour in times of hunger, also used by Atoni men to ‘put on a face’ when dancing. Others are made to be placed inside the hut above the front entrance that repel anyone with evil intent and allow people of good intent to pass through the doorway, a bit like the Star Trek force field.
And as a fellow field collector says ” and then there are those that find you”.
All items have been treated to AQIS standards.
Copyright Julie Emery 22/02/2022©