A stunningly executed example of the traditional paddle handle style of Mask that is typically Timorese (see description below). From the Nikki Nikki district in the central highlands of West Timor C 2000. Expertly hand carved from redwood that has been blackened, the artist has created features that make this mask a standout.
The paddle handle extends gently from the protruding chin below its classic mouth and the nose and ear’s add further character to this deeply convex work of art.
It’s almost cheeky square eyes watch over the Atoni whilst providing protection.
22cm / 8.5″ tall
13cm / 5″ wide
8cm / 3.5″deep
415gr / 14.6oz.
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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.