MASK, BATAK DEATH MASK, ORIGINAL PATINASKU LIN503
This mask is often worn by a close friend or relative during interment of the bones. The common practice is to have a "minor" interment of the body following death. Once the shaman proclaim the time is right, and the necessary funds are available, the grave is opened and the bones are removed. The bones are then cleaned and bundled and are then ready for the final interment. The mask is worn by a close relative who will potray the deceased.