2 Older Puppets Hand carved Fetish Tribal West Timor


Offering these 2 olderĀ  fetish puppet dolls. Created for mostly for children but also to show and tell of their ancestors. Unique / Hand-carved / Two of a kind / Authentic. Created in the highlands of West Timor C1990’s.


C1813 – These are replicas of the articulated puppet dolls created in the likeness of ancestors who come to life when visiting the family and telling stories.

Adorned with traditional Timorese ikat as selimut/blanket tied with a saluf and even Ikat shoes [?].

Unique / Hand-carved / One of a kind / Authentic. Created in the highlands of West Timor C2000’s. They are bonded together by the artist via a string on their heads.

21cm x 8.25cm tall.

100g / 3.6oz

If you wish to gather multiple treasures, and International buyers are welcome, this website and shop cart should allow for it. If not I will contact you to find the most economical way to send your treasures to you.

International clients are welcome. Aus Post has returned the international 250gr small parcel. This is great news. YAY! A true shame that they have not done so for domestic.

I am Julie and have been collecting Timorese Treasures in the field since 1990 when I won a prize for overseas travel in a pub in Darwin [true]. I had no idea at the time that I had stumbled upon an Aladdin’s cave of authentic traditional tribal textiles and treasures. I have been returning annually ever since [well most years] and been witness to many changes across the last 3 decades. Who knows when we will be able to travel there again to obtain such treasures?

NOTE: We use recycled packaging

Clearly none of us are sure what will happen post COVID, but I do know that the villagers, carvers and weavers up in the mountains will be grateful when some outside dollars comes into their informal/circular economy. Therefore every purchase you choose to make with me will benefit the Atoni [people of West Timor] as soon as I can get back there.

I distribute reading glasses and nutritious food seeds as the soil in the western half of Timor is very poor and water a precious resource. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg


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