HORNBILL AND DRAGON MASK -TOPENG HUDOQ

Bahau - Borneo, East Kalimantan - Indonesia

Dimensions: Height 17.5", Width 16"
B146.....HORNBILL AND DRAGON MASK -TOPENG HUDOQ
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his is probably the most sacred of all Dayak masks in the Upper Mahakam , Kalimantan, the Hornbill and Dragon Mask "Topeng Hudoq". Possibly Bahau or Kenyah Dayak. A large mask painted in trade paints of red, off white and black with dragon and plant motifs.This mask has it's original bite stick present and has old patina from use, it is also an unusual mask as it is adorned with breast-like eyes as opposed to glass mirror discs usually used. These masks were almost always female, but it is an unsure subject, as the breast-like eyes in this mask and the usually adorned pendodulous earrings (not present here) would suggest female connotations, while the hornbill feathers and the fact that a man is always behind the mask has strong male connotations. Used during festivals to reunite the rice spirits with the growing of rice. A mask of Hiraang Lejau Midaang, a god from Apau Lagaan. Both top ear ornaments (fangs) on this mask is missing. Usually this mask would be worn with a skin or rattan hat inserted with the tail feathers of the hornbill, The feathers carry their own messages, One denotes a war leader and two a successful head hunter.Usually this mask would be worn with a skin or rattan hat inserted with the tail feathers of the hornbill, The feathers carry their own messages, One denotes a war leader and two a successful head hunter. This mask is without the top hat and feathers. REFERENCES : Masks of Kalimantan by Michael Heppell pg 16 and 40 and Hornbill and Dragon by Bernard Sellato page 212 shows an identical mask.
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