There are artists alive today in the central highlands of West Timor that specialise in working these most difficult of mediums. The Bone and Buffalo Horn used are from are animals that were killed mostly for celebration. In Timor as with many more traditional cultures livestock constitutes a families wealth and true to the Timorese tradition of making good use of the few available materials with which to work we are fortunate to be treated to these engraved or scrimshaw worked treasures.
There are two main bone carving villages in the central highlands of West Timor and these amulets and masks came about from a recent idea that one of the carvers had. They are also called upon to make lime containers (See Betel Nut Containers) , spoons, beads and in particular to imbibe spirit into animal skulls for use in the Animist rituals still practiced there. (See Curios)
Over the last few years, 5 young men have introduced themselves to me and are proving to be masters in their own time and craft as the pieces that are in this category will show you. Each one an original and the creators have hand made these masterpieces using little more than a pen knife and a saw blade.
Please email if you would like to see more images. All items have been gamma irradiated to AQIS standards.