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Shamans Dance Mask

Iban Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Karob Collection, Boston, acquired in Indonesia in the 1970’s

Very fine Iban masks, like this one are very rare to find. Most of the masks available are crudely carved. This particular mask is finely carved and displays a wonderful differentiation in color. The deeply curved brows combined with the large eyes and nose project a commanding expression. The carved lines of the mask flow easily together creating a cohesive, almost portrait-like appearance.

Shamans Dance Mask

Iban Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Karob Collection, Boston, acquired in Indonesia in the 1970’s

Very fine Iban masks, like this one are very rare to find. Most of the masks available are crudely carved. This particular mask is finely carved and displays a wonderful differentiation in color. The deeply curved brows combined with the large eyes and nose project a commanding expression. The carved lines of the mask flow easily together creating a cohesive, almost portrait-like appearance.