M821 – Superb


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Well executed typically Timorese mask. Kaif motifs decorate the sides while two inward facing birds adorn the top. There is a split down the centre of the mask that has had an indigenous repair. Gecko motifs complete this excellent mask from the central highlands of West Timor. By the same artist as M831.

36cm / 14″ tall

23cm / 9″ wide

800gr / 28oz

Postage is additional. See Zz Freight C  at the bottom of categories list to find out postage costs to you. 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 these masks come to us unaffected by the world outside the villages and kampongs. Each mask is an original, as individual as their carver.

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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