M657 Paddle handle


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A wonderfully classic example of the traditional paddle handle style of Mask that is typically Timorese (see description below). From the Oinlasi district in  the central highlands of West Timor C 1980. Expertly crafted from palm wood that has burnished to this rich patina from years of hanging in the smoky kitchen hut whilst providing protection for the Atoni owners.

The artist carver has embellished the forehead with a well-executed gekoe motif and completed its character filled personality with beady eyes with which to watch over the Atoni.

37cm / 15.5″ tall

20cm / 8″ wide

585gr / 1Lb4.6oz.

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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 “and then there are those that find you”.

All items have been treated to AQIS standards.



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