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20th c Dayak Indonesian Harvest Festival Mask or Hudoq
This wooden mask with pigment and fiber we believe to be a Hudoq from the Dayak peoples of Indonesia (Borneo, Kalimantan) and probably dates to the 20th century. Among the Dayak in the Kenyah and Kayan regions of Borneo, agricultural festivals assured the growth of rice, the main staple. During sowing and harvest festivals, young men performed hudoq masquerades in the villages, impersonating beings from the forest which were thought to secure prosperity, bountiful harvests, and the fertility of women. This mask combines the characteristics of many forest beings - the beak resembles that of a bird (hornbill); the mouth alludes to a dragon, and wing shaped ears display inserted boar’s tusks. Comes with a plexiglass display case and is mounted on a wooden framed felted back support. Dimensions: 19” h (including rings) x 13” w x 9” d; Display case: 23” h x 17 ½” w x 10 ¾” d. Overall very good condition, with some pigment losses and restoration, along with expected surface wear from age and use.
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