M698 C1960 Crack


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A museum quality example of a Timorese mask that has aged to perfection over time and storage in the smoke filled thatched huts. I am pretty sure that it has been carved from redwood however I could be wrong because of its deep patina.

Paddle handle with hand rolled string with which to suspend it. Decorative styalised diamond motif work on the forehead. Crack in timber (see photo) below mouth extends thru the timber to the back came with the change in climatic conditions giving further substance to the age of this great mask.

I have reduced the price for this work substantially because of the crack. We can restore it for you if you wish, just ask OK’.

One of two fantastic masks that I have by the same artist from the village of Nunbena in central West Timor. Estimated age C1960. Well aged redwood timber.

40cm / 16″ tall

20cm /  8″ wide

6.7kg / 24.6oz.

Postage is additional. Please email us on julie@timortreasures.com because this is one of the heaviest masks we have so we will source the most economical shipping cost. You are welcome to combine purchases to maximise your shipping. Insurance and registered mail are additional.

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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