Offering you this great trio of hand carved masks from the SoE area in the central highlands of West Timor. Using palmwood that has been blackened the artist has given each a unique expression with added embellishments.
28cm / 11” tall
17cm / 6.75” wide
885gr / 31.8oz
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The History of the Timorese MASK
Still made using little more than a pen knife and a machete these masks serve to remind us that the tangible links of the past are still present within tribal existence in Timor today. 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 – “Then there is the ritualistic mask – the ones that find you – the ones that were made before you found them and these are the masks considered to have the greatest magic.”
All items have been treated to AQIS standards.