Dance Mask
Flores, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Private New York Collection

Masks were used for a variety of ceremonial purposes in Flores, Indonesia. This example exudes an alarming and powerful presence. Carved out of a hard, dense, single piece of wood, the 3-dimensional face protrudes from the natural form of the wood. The engraved eyes hold a steady gaze, while the carved nose, lips, and teeth create a sense of stoicism. Evidence of ceremonial use are visible from the remnants of paint and patinated texture present on both the front and back of the mask.

Height: 14 in.
IN. 1-12-15/ SOLD