Hewn from Teak that has aged to this grey. This mask is gently convex and has simplistic features that reflect this style of mask from the central highland of West Timor. Estimated age 20 years.
16cm tall x 12cm wide.
6.5" tall x 4.5" wide.
Using age old techniques and tools that have not changed much in the last 400 years the creators of these works of art have imbibed much of the Timorese spirit of independence and self sufficiency in to each unique piece.
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 repel anyone with evil intent and allow 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".
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All items have been treated to AQIS standards.