TIMOR SKULL MASK
The Timorese peoples of Indonesia traditionally and ritually sacrifice animals for ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and as a supplementary food source. Consistently true to making the best use of materials at hand, Timor has a long tradition of carving bone and horn to imbibe them with the Atoni ethnic peoples totemic gaurdian spirits. Skulls from the cow, buffalo, horse, pig, sheep, goat, dog, cat and possum are carved and incised for various purposes, such as crop success and general wealth of the owner.
There are two main bone carving villages high in the mountainous region of central West Timor which provide the needs of the entire western half of the island. These young and older carvers create some of the most interesting and unique scrimshaw being created in the world today.
This intricately incised carved, unique and interesting mask is a first rate example of the genre and measures 9" x 7" wide and dates from the second half of the 20th century.