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Mask (Hudoq)

19th–early 20th century

Wood and pigment and mirrored glass

55 x 39 x 16 cm (21 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
Masks are used in many performances and ceremonies in Borneo, although they appear on different occasions in different regions. In western Borneo, where this mask comes from, they are used during circumcision and wedding rituals. Among the Kayan and Kenyah of eastern Borneo, masks are linked with the rice-planting festival, when elaborate performances are staged to ensure a good harvest. In southern Borneo, they traditionally appear as part of funeral ceremonies. Some represent refined human beings, and some depict fantastic animals based on real or imaginary prototypes, such as boars, hornbills, or dragons. This mask once belonged to the French Surrealist writer André Breton.
19th–20th century
Made in Borneo, Indonesia
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