Vintage Dyak Ancestor Mask Museum Stand, Kalimantan (1300BMK)


H: 16”  W: 7.875”  D: 3.375” | CALL 213-568-3030 FOR SHIPPING

This vintage Dyak hudoq mask from Kalimantan (Borneo) reflects many characteristic hudoq elements: its characteristic head shape,  white designs on the forehead and face, the curled mustache arabesques and other carved and painted areas around the eyes that create a well-carved, special and impressive mask.  Made from a single wood piece, it is a transitional stage carving that stylistically reflects traditional Dayak (Dyak) masks but blends it with Javanese mask traditions with small eyes, straight nose, small and round attached ears and a tiny mouth without scary teeth. Collected personally in Bali in the 1970s, it comes with a museum-quality metal stand.



The religion of the ethnic Dayak (Dyak) people of Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia is a mix of animism, shamanism and ancestral worship. Their word hudoq describes three different things: it describes the pests that can destroy the rice harvest on which their survival depends; it is the name of the huge yearly Dyak planting celebration, and it is the name for Dayak ethnic and folk-art masks. Their Indonesian-wood-carvings of both statues and masks are also offerings to ancestors, gods and spirits, including the rice spirits that protect the crops. A piece of tribal art worn at births, deaths and important ceremonies like the agricultural festival, Indonesian-wood-carvings hudoq masks protect the living, ward off evil spirits from villages and are offerings made to attract attract protective gods, ancestors and spirits to aid them and insure the growth of the rice crop. Protective masks or images like this vintage one were placed on doors and walls, beadwork designs on baby carriers, sewn on clothing to protect family members and also guard the graves of the dead whose souls are honored. Rather than more traditional tribal-art masks with  separate wood wing-like attached ears, tusks, plugs in their earlobes or heavy earrings, deep-set eyes, bulbous or angular noses, mouths with open fanged teeth to frighten malevolent spirits this mask borrows from Javanese mask traditions with small eyes, straight instead of a triangular or bulbous nose with open nostrils, the ears are a small and round and not a separate, large wing-like attached wood piece and the mouth is tiny and without scary teeth. Also classified with Indonesian-wood-carvings,it is in very good condition with a nice patina, surface scratches and pigment losses consistent with its age and use.

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Additional information

Place of Origin

Indonesia, Kalimantan (Borneo)


Vintage (1920-1980)



Materials and Technique

Wood, polychrome


On Stand: 3lbs

Dimensions (inches)

On Stand: Ht: 16” W: 7.875” D: 5.375”

Dimensions (metric)

On Stand: Ht: 60.46cm W: 20cm D: 13.65cm


Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

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