Shamans Mask

Iban, Dayak
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Hedi Heckendom, Basel, collected in Indonesia in the 1970’s.

Often crudely carved and heavily painted, Shaman’s dance masks provide a rare look into the Shamanistic traditions of the Dayak. This particularly fine example is simplistically carved with large eyes, subtle nose, and open mouth. Original pigments, made out of lime and charcoal, are still visible lodged into the corse wooden surface. Although simple, the mask gives off a strong and powerful energy.

Height: 13 inches
IN 08-12-15 / SOLD