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Sculpted Wooden Traditional Mask from Timor Island, Indonesia (circa 1960s - 1970s)

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SKU 0279

Timor Island sculpted wooden traditional mask (early 20th C) on contemporary metal stand. This is a traditional mask of a figure with male facial features and two holes as eyes and another for the mouth. The island of Timor gave rise to a distinctive practice of creating traditional masks whose precise origins and significance remain uncertain. Portraying both male and female ancestors, they were worn by men during dances and other ceremonies, including celebrations of victory in war. Carved sculptures and masks are specific to rural villages. Here the practice of animism, or nature-worship, is incorporated with the carving of ancestral statues and masks, which have a ritualistic function. Some occasions that call for these ceremonies may include asking for successful crop planting, for prosperity, for good weather for the spinning of cotton, for the smooth running of village or regional affairs, for weddings and other celebrations, and for the offering of friendship and reaffirmation of allegiances through royalties or tribute along with the ever present betel nut. In good vintage condition commensurate with age. Photos accurately reflect condition and existing blemishes or age marks. Upon request a video clip of this piece may be provided.

Dimensions with stand:

H  44 cm (17.3")

W  12.5 cm (4.9")

Dimensions without stand:

H  26 cm (10.2")

W  12.5 cm (4.9")