Oceania

Timorese mask

I’m posting this because I like it so much. Traditional masks that rely mostly¬† on carving can result in very fine sculptures. There are examples of this in Africa and indigenous cultures around the world, but they are rare compared to masks with color or adornments.

Timor is an island in the South Pacific under Sulawesi and the Moluccas. Half of the island is the eastern end of Indonesia. Masks and other tribal arts are still being made there. This one would be old and used for celebrating an ancestor or communicating with spirits.

Full disclosure– I am an artist, not an anthropologist.

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