A solid example of a traditional hand carved mask. It is only by looking closely at the inside back that I can see that this mask was carved from redwood and that the front has obtained this deep burnish from being polished with a wild boars tusk. An unusually happy mask from the Nulle district in the central highlands of West Timor. Deeply curved thick and heavy with deep set eyes and mouth.
27.5cm / 10.5” tall
18cm / 7” wide
10cm / 4”deep
1090gr / 38.3oz.
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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.