Mask - Wood - Hudoq - Dayak - Kalimantan, Indonesia

Description
Mask - Wood - Hudoq - Dayak - Kalimantan, Indonesia
2nd half 20th century - Good

Dayak mask – Dayak, Bahau peoples – Borneo, Indonesia.


This mask is from the Bahau peoples, a Dayak subgroup, who live in the Mahakam River region of Borneo. It is made of light wood and represents the compounded spirit of a dragon and a hornbill. Young male dancers wearing such masks and cloaks would enter the village at important moments related to the rice growing cycle and would pretend to be the spirits who came to earth to bless the harvest. The dancer could see through the openings just under the “eyes” of the mask.

This mask consists of the central main element, the ears are attached with wire. The mask is painted in taupe, red and green polychrome.

The mask has an protruding mouth from which two pairs of canines stick out. The ears each have sticking out teeth. The eyes are red and bulging. And the prominent beak almost sticks out horizontally.

Dimensions:

Height - 49 cm.
Width - 49 cm.
Depth - 32 cm.

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Hudoq
Ethnic group/ culture
Dayak
Region/ country
Kalimantan, Indonesia
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
49×49×32 cm
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