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A modern adaptation of an ancient craft. This style of carving comes from the imagination of a carver from the Oinlasi district of the central highlands of West Timor. Pak Jacob Missa had a vision of a new style of mask and in 2003 this “family” of redwoods emerged in what became known as “the year of the square mask”.

This work is unusual in that Pak Jacob has placed the whole figure on top of the flat panel wood medium. A female deity with a large head and no breasts and symbolic hands resting in the fertility position. Great eyes. The deep burgundy has been brought out in the redwood by rubbing it with lime powder and siri and then polishing it with a wild boar tusk.

Red Cedarwood/Kayu Merah

28cm high x 13cm wide x 2.5cm deep.

11″ high x 5.5″ wide x 1″ deep.

695gr / 11.1oz.

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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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