This superb set of three hanging wooden masks were made by members of the Sasak people on Lombok Island, east of Bali. Their long narrow shapes were the tradition on this Indonesian island for centuries. In the 1800's, tourists began to visit the island and purchased masks to take home. Gradually, the shapes and faces changed over the years, becoming much wider and made of much thinner wood; they tend to resemble commercial African masks.
These wall hanging masks were carved of an exotic local wood from the abundant forests on Lombok. Its color is a tawny gold, highly figured with black and brown markings. As you can see, each face is similar, yet unique. Two have pointed lips, while the third has bared teeth. Each has a different headdress but the same long nose and staring eyes. Each mask is 15 inches long, although they do not appear that way in the next last photo, where we show the side view of each one. The approximate widths are, left to right in the first photo, 2 inches, 2 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 inches. Weights, in the same order, are 11 ounces, 17 ounces and 18 ounces. One the backs, you can see the marks of the chisel; each one has a carved out hole for hanging (we hung them on finishing nails for the photos). They are all in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or fading of the wood color. No matter how or where you hang them, they make a handsome display.
Note: The price is for all three masks, sold as a set only.