EARLY ARCHAIC DAYAK HUDOQ MASK
Item Code: IND1006-229
Period/Date: 19th Century
Materials: Wood, remnant red paint
Dimensions: Height 11.5" (29.5 cm), Width 6" (15.3 cm), Depth 6.25 (15.5 cm)
Description: Here's an impressive and powerful early "Hudoq" mask. What makes this one special is that it is carved from a harder type of wood which can develop a deep patina. Most Hudoq masks were made of light wood and disposed of after their use. A small number of these were made of a medium to hard wood such as this. Harder wood masks are more tactile and rare. The mask originally had attached ears and embedded Hornbill bird feathers on top. Some old red paint remains on the lower lip. There are a series of chop marks on its forehead suggesting it was once kept by a Shaman and wood shavings may have been harvested for ritual magic. The mask shows significant wear and use and is well patinated especially on the back (scroll down to see photos). Today it would be exceptionally rare for a mask of this age and quality to come out of the field! Presented on a custom metal display stand.