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Timor Mask

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Artifacts: Pre 1960: item # 1258541

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Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
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Timor Mask

Old mask from East or Central Timor. The previous owner told me, what well might be an apocryphal tale, that this was recovered from “secret hiding place” after a brush fire that was caused by a skirmish between Fretilin and the Indonesian Army during the 1970’s. I was in West Timor in the 1980s and saw plenty of new copies of Timorese masks, which were stuck with horsehair and smoked over a fire to give it an antiqued appearance, this to me appears to be a genuimely old piece and in classic Timorese primitive style. Approximately 50 or more years old. 28.5cm/11.4in height and 19cm/7.5 contoured width.

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