Hand Carved Hudoq Mask from Kalimantan



This beautiful mask comes from the island of Kalimantan in Indonesia and is made as per ancient techniques. It’s hand carved in wood by local artisans and painted with traditional motifs, crowned by peacock feathers.
Hudoq is a thanksgiving festival of the Dayak tribe on Kalimantan, happening in September - October every year.

According to the traditional beliefs hudoqs are thirteen crop-destroying pests, including rats, lions, and crows. In the festival the Hudoqs are symbolized by dancers who wear masks representing the pests and jackets made of areca palm or banana tree bark. The dance ends with two human hudoqs coming out and chasing the pests. The dance moves from village to village. During the festival villagers pray for prosperous crops and good luck, while also honouring their ancestors and mother nature.
The Dayak people were once one of Asia’s most powerful warrior tribes.

The mask comes complete with a black metal stand and its story printed out for you inside a beautiful envelope.

Dimensions 137 x 44 x 37cm stand included.

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