- Acquisition date
- March 20, 1974
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Major Ivor William Hill
- H: W: 180 mm L: 290 mm D: 70 mm Circum:
Carved wooden mask, painted skin colour with black, pink and red detail. Mask has holes in the top of the forehead to which the mask’s hair is attached. Hair is constructed of black wool sewn onto a cream coloured piece of cotton material. There is a length of twine at the back, secured to two holes in the sides of the mask and one is attached to the hair piece. There is a label attached that reads “Malaysia 8”. The back of the mask has been painted black. Dec 1998, Susan Tuckwell (SE Asian valuer) noted: Wooden painted mask of woman with fair complexion, black wool hair.
Masks 29471 to 29474 were carved in the state of Kelantan, North east Malaysia. The 'jawless' masks are male (to permit them to speak on stage). The women are supposed to remain silent. The masks were purchased by Major Hill in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, in 1946.