This is a very large older mask that has been hand-carved from a single piece of teak. It has developed this blackened patina over time from playing sentinel in the cooking huts that still dot the hillsides of central West Timor.
Hand carved using the most basic of tools the carver of this great mask has effected this look by protruding the brow and adding ears and teeth which are unusual in Timorese mask making. Exact age unknown estimated C1960.
Custom made stand is included. More images available upon request.
36cm tall x 38cm wide. Mask only.
14″ tall x 15″ wide. Mask only.
1445g / 3Lb3oz. Mask only.
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The History of the Timorese MASK
Still made today using little more than a pen knife and a machete these masks serve to remind us how real the links to the past are within tribal existence. True to the West Timorese Animist tradition the masks that come to us are unaffected by the world outside the villages and kampongs. Each mask is an original, as individual as their carver’s.
Handcarved using the simplest of tools from wood, bone, coral and coconut Timorese masks fall into 3 main categories. Those made with paddle handles that are used to ‘hide’ ones face when raiding a neighbour in times of hunger. Those made to be placed inside the hut above the front entrance that repels anyone with evil intent and allowing people of good intent to pass through the doorway and also used by Atoni men to ‘put on a face’ when dancing.
As a fellow field collector says – “Then there is the ritualistic mask – the ones that find you – the ones that were made before you found them and these are the masks considered to have the greatest magic.”
All items have been treated to AQIS standards.