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Mask
RMV 789-36
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is one of the first collected Bukung masks of the Ngaju on Kalimantan, collected before 1890. The masks accompany the dead to the realm of the dead. This one is especially expressive. It also served as source material for W.H. Rassers’ article on masks on Kalimantan; a landmark publication (1928), which is however not always recognized as such. By dr Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
Unknown

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Type
Other 
Materials
Wood; feathers; and grass 
Measurements
Width 23,5 cm. Height 31,5 cm. Length 20 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Kalimantan 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
Before 1890 
Function
Used during death rituals. 
Acquisition
It was a gift by A. van Senden, a Dutch colonial officer in Kalimantan. It was acquired by the museum in 1890. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Netherlands 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde 
Credit line
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands 

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