M829 Gourd


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Slightly convex traditional Timorese Mask from the central highlands of West Timor. Hand carved from jungle gourd that gained a patina from being stored in the smoke filled cooking hut. Adorned with a scant set of teeth, maybe too much betel nut chewing, but a good set of delicately carved ears and a goatee beard probably from goat hair.

31cm / 12.5” tall

19cm / 7.5” wide

300gr / 14oz.

Postage is additional. See Zz Freight B  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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