Staying true to its deeply embedded Animist past the carver of this elegant work of art has sought the spirit of the timber and used it to great advantage. Cows represent wealth to a Timorese and hold a place of reverence within the household. Fodder needs to be gathered daily and water brought from its nearest source. Hand carved from the Hane district in the central highlands of West Timor from a single piece of redwood that has been burnished to this deep burgundy by rubbing it with a siri stick dipped in lime powder and then polishing it using a wild boars tusk.
20cm / 8” tallest
12.5cm / 5” wide
3cm / 1.25” deep
165gr / 5.8oz.
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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.