M828 – Paddle Handle


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Paddle handle traditional Timorese Mask from the central highlands of West Timor. There are holes on either side of the head to hang this good example of hand carving that follows the traditions of the ancestors. Deeply blackened patina from years of storage in the smoke filled cooking huts.

35cm / 14” tall

13.5cm / 5.25” wide

7.5cm / 3” deep

380gr / 13.5oz.

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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 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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