This painted wooden hudoq or mask depicts a wild boar. Almost all Dayak groups produce wooden masks that depict gods, ancestors, demons or animals. Hudoq have been used by dancers during special occasions to repel evil spirits and attract guardian spirits. They have also been used to lessen sorrow during solemn funeral ceremonies, to elicit laughter on festive occasions, and to attract rice spirits to bless the planting season. Dayak mothers often don these masks to scare their children into obeying them.

Indigenous Name
hudoq
Artist Name
Kayan People
Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Sarawak, Borneo
Dimension
Object size: 12.2 x 13.5 x 32.3 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-10864
Material
Wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving