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Ceremonial dance mask (hudoq)

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

"Hudoq’ masks like this exceptional example were made and worn by the Bahau and Busang people of Central Borneo to channel rice deities and
ancestors during key moments of the rice life cycle. Cloaked entirely in swathes of banana or ‘pinang’ leaves, the male wearer of the effigy, with
its distinctive protruding nose and chin, and bared lips exposing fierce teeth and fangs, would have been transformed into a manifestation of the deity Naling Ledang. Along with three other deities – Miyoq Laang, Hiraang Lejau Midaang and Ding Durung – Naling Ledang is believed to descend
from the heavenly realm of Apu Lagaan to bless and protect crops, ensure that rice paddy spirits are appropriately appeased, and bestow fertility on women.

Ornamented with distinctive red, white and black scrollwork, the mask retains its characteristic wing-like ears, a woven rattan cap and the hornlike earplugs worn by men throughout the region. In addition to these striking accessories, the mask would have been adorned with pendulous
ear ornaments and large black and white hornbill feathers.


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial dance mask (hudoq) representing Naling Ledaang


Cultural origin

Bahau or Busang


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Ceremonial object


Materials used

wood, pigment and rattan


Dimensions

48 x 49.3 x 26.5 cm overall :

a - mask with attached wing shaped ears; 36.5 x 49.3 x 26.5 cm

b - hat; 16 x 19.5 cm

c - tusk; 14.5 x 3 cm

d - tusk; 13.8 x 3 cm


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Accession number

543.2010.a-d



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Ancestral art of the Indonesian archipelago, Sydney, 2017, 36 (colour illus.).