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Mask
RMV 1308-155
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A Hudo mask from Central Kalimantan. Hudo masks perform during agricultural rituals to ward off evil spirits and to secure a good harvest. The mirrors in the eyes serve to frighten evil spirits. By Dr. Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
This mask has been collected by A.W. Nieuwenhuis (also called the Dr. Livingstone of Borneo), during his second expedition (1896-1897).

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood; skin (orang-utan); feathers; copper 
Measurements
Width 28 cm. Height 82 cm. Length 38 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
1901 (before) 
Function
Worn during agricultural rituals to ward off evil spirits and to secure a good harvest. 
Acquisition
Acquired by the museum in 1901. 
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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