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Tourist masks are plentiful

common tourist masks

common tourist masks

Most of the photos sent in are of tourist masks. Here are nine different ones, and I have seen each of them hundreds of times. These and other designs are being manufactured in many different countries. They are plentiful and quite affordable… if you do some comparison shopping, but don’t pay a lot of money for them.

I always reply to the sender, but rarely post these tourist masks on the Mystery Mask blog. That’s because they are not worn in culture, nor can I be sure where they were made. A mask bought in Port-au-Prince could have been imported from Indonesia. More importantly, there isn’t any story to be told. All they have is their appealing looks. They are decorative wall-hangings, not true masks.

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