Q: I picked up this mask at a yard sale. To me it looks very old. Wondering if you knew what kind of mask this was or anything about it. Its made of wood you can see its hand carved. It’s approximately 9.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide. Heather, 771
A: Thanks for sharing your recent find which I think resembles a dog or some other animal. Primitive masks made by untrained tribesmen can be appealing, especially if you have a little back story or provenance. So here’s the bad news. Masks like this are simple and crude, with very few design features that might aid me in my search. I might find something like it that comes from Nepal and then, later on, something similar from a remote area of Mexico, or even another part of the world. Or I may not find anything that looks like it. Some masks are very hard to identify.
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