Q: Its big, (2+ feet tall), and heavy. The thing that has me on edge… someone took the time to carve out the back of this mask, yet it has no eye-holes. I cant imagine anyone (any culture) dancing something this heavy especially without a look-out. Moreover, if it was ever meant to be a passive shield tied somewhere etc.. then it wouldn’t likely be carved out on the reverse, right? Seems like an impressive fake, but not much else. Thoughts? Nate, 504
A: Of course, it could be a fake, but it could also be authentic. Big faces are sometimes meant to be carried or placed in front of a hut. Removing some wood from the rear will make it easier to carry or could be used for storage. Let’s hope someone recognizes it.
Very similar to this big, heavy mask that I had guessed was from Ceylon – it’s about 30″ tall, very heavy and hollowed in back, although it does have an opening at the mouth that a wearer could theoretically look through mouthhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/24832951@N00/2263977842/in/set-72157605202506083
This is just a wild guess, but it looks a little like a Buto Terong mask from Indonesia, probably Java. The Buto is a giant, frequently depicted with blue faces and large noses in Java. I can’t say anything about the age or why it’s so large, though. Again, just a guess.
A mask from western India used by a tribe called kokna. From Southern Gujarat or Northern Maharashtra.
Their masks are typically large, heavy, the wood is thick.May be a processional Image.