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timor skull veil

Timor skull veil
Printed silk veil, 200 x 100 cm.

Ceremonial Animal Skulls tekst

Ceremonial Animal Skulls

The Timorese peoples of Indonesia traditionally and ritually kill animals for ceremony such as Weddings and Funerals and as a supplementary food source. True to making the best use of the materials at hand Timor has a long tradition of carving bone and horn to imbibe them with the Atoni's totemic guardian spirits.
Skulls are inscribed and carved for various purposes. Generally it is to do with the crop success and the general wealth of the owner. Skulls offered in this section are generally older pieces that have gained their colouration or patina through being stored in the huts between uses.
There are two main bone carving villages high in the mountians of central West Timor who provide the needs of the entire western half of the island. Young and old, these carvers create some of the most breathtaking scrimshaw being produced in the world today.

These are a selection of skull masks i have collected in the past years: cow, buffalo, horse, pig, sheep, goat, dog, cat and possum.

(thanks to

Cultural Treasures and Timor Treasures)

timor skull mask 1

01 rund 1 met horens

timor skull mask 2

02 rund 2 met horens

timor skull mask 3

03 rund 3 met horens

timor skull mask 4

07 rund 7

timor skull mask 5

09 rund 9

timor skull mask 6

10 paard 1

timor skull mask 7

12 paard 3

timor skull mask 8

22 paard 13

timor skull mask 9

24 varken 1

timor skull mask 10

30 varken 7

timor skull mask 11

36 schaap 1

timor skull mask 12

37 schaap 2

timor skull mask 13


timor skull mask 14


timor skull mask 15