Dance Mask

Dayak, Borneo, Bahau
19th Century

This is one of the finest “Hudoq’ masks I have handled. This example is a surreal work of art; the human face is brilliantly undergoing a metamorphosis into a crocodile. The teeth are finely delineated and menacing. Important to note here is the beautiful design under the nose that produces a curl of negative space. The archaic nature of this mask, as well as the overall quality suggests great age, which is evident in the deep patina and fine adze work. In excellent condition.

This mask stands 10 inches in height

SOLD / IN 7-02-09