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Kayan Gawai Mask

Kayan Gawai Mask

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1970: Item # 1004493

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Good and authentic Sarawak (Borneo) Kayan ethnic group spirit mask. This was used only twice a year for rice planting and harvesting festivals (gawai), these gatherings were usually a good excuse for a party and celebration to encourage the spirits to ensure a good harvest. Looks to be carved from palm wood and has a good “use” inner patina. I picked this up in Kuching, Sarawak about 6 years ago; it was only one I saw of this type. Circa 40 to 50 years old. H: 19cm/7.5in and W: 13cm/5.1in.