Vintage Dayak Ancestor Mask (Hudoq), Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) (1200TSK) $485


H: 14.75”  W: 12.125”  D: 4.375” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

Dayak Hudoq made after the arrival of masks from Java show their influence, but now even masks like this valid Vintage Dyak piece are hard to find. Authentic with strong parallels with traditional Hudoq pieces, it is painted in an unusual detailed pattern while the projecting mouth and nose, pierced eyes and undulating snake-like elements on the separately carved and attached wing-like ears align with Hudoq tradition. Mask reproductions throughout Indonesia are referred to as “antique baru” (new antiques), but this original, later, authentic vintage mask is hard to find and scarce. Personally collected in the 1970s, it is in excellent condition, placed on a museum-quality metal stand and without restoration or repairs except for the new wing-ear bindings.



The culture, rituals, tribal and ethnic art of the Dayak (Dyak) of Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia is a mix of shamanism, animism and ancestor worship. Dyak festival masks worn on the face or large ones attached to a costume repel malicious spirits from entering communal spaces, insure village safety, protect babies in their carriers and defend the souls of the dead whose bones are placed in ceramic jars or on burial poles. Hudoq is the name for 3 things: Dayak masks, the pests that can damage the rice harvest and also the huge agricultural festival celebrating the rice harvest. Believed to attract gods, sacred spirits and ancestors who assure fertility and banish anything polluting the rice crop or harming the village or its members, Hudoq often  have wing-like ears carved separately and bound to the mask with rattan which may dry and detach and account for old masks having newer bindings. Masks can be worn on the face or if large be attached to costume. Mask images are also on walls, doors, house supports, shields and burial poles and are also created as beadwork, attached to baby carriers and clothing and are also made from cut cloth and stitched into ceremonial skirts. Hudoq masks often have deeply set eyes, hanging earrings, decorative feathers, bulging or angular noses, drooping brows, exposed fanged teeth and may also be simple or lavish images of a god, spirit, ancestor or animal caricature made to frighten, amuse, or entertain. This vintage piece is in excellent condition with no restoration or repairs except for the replaced binding at the winged ears and was personally collected in the 1970s in Bali. It is It is part of the VA Tribal Art Collection and set on a museum quality stand.

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Place of Origin



Vintage (1920-1980)



Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 14.75" W:12.125" D: 4.375”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 37.46cm W: 30.79cm D: 11.11cm


5lbs 9oz


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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