To date, there is no exact understanding of the purpose of the Batak masks. It is known that masks played an important role in the life of the people of North Sumatra. There is evidence that similar masks were used in funeral rites. The deceased was buried with noise, dancing, and shots into the air. Part of the procession was dressed in masks, only after the corpse was buried did the dancers take off their masks. It can be assumed that the role of the masks was to scare away the begu spirit - soul of death, and its unwanted return to the village. Today the tradition of masks is either completely lost or transformed into a state that has nothing to do with the sacred past. Excellent carving, large size, traces of use, thick patina.

Period: earlier XX century
Price: on request
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