This chunky hand carved mask can be mounted on a stand or with eyelets and wire for wall mounting. Simple, solid effective mask has a quietly powerful presence.
Adze marks clearly visible, created in Kampong Aman (the safe village) in the central highlands of West Timor. C1970
Teak / Kayu jati
28.5cm high x 19cm wide x 8.5cm deep.
11.5" high x 7.5 " wide x 3.25" deep.
1075g / 2Lb 3oz
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Timor masks are traditionally used in 3 ways; those with paddle handles are created to hide a person’s identity in times of hunger when it is acceptable to hide behind your mask and sneak over to your neighbour’s house and take food. Likewise your neighbour may need to do the same back to you but this is a way of saving face in times of need. Masks with the scarier or 'ugly' faces are carved to place inside the doorway of the hut. Visitors with bad intent are physically unable to cross the threshold kind of like a traditional force field. Equally people of good intent have no problems passing under the lintel and into the hut or house. And also used by Atoni men to 'put on a face' when dancing. Handcarved using the simplest of tools from wood, bone, coral and coconut.
And 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.