Q: i bought this mask at a thrift shop in victoria bc. Thought it was westcoast carving, then looked online and it seems to fit with the monpa primitive theme. Saw a similar one that was nicknamed ‘joker’ on the zemanek site. Is it monpa and what sort of age would it be. It has a red wax seal or stamp in it Walter, 644
A: It is a primitive Himalayan mask. Only a few of them are carved with smiles. Let’s attribute it to the Monpa people in mountainous Arunachal Pradesh. I have seen masks like this from Nepal and far to the east Himachal Pradesh. The red wax seal I used to see on mask from Nepal, where they tried taxing them for a few years. I wonder if those seals are used in other areas. Age and authenticity can only be determined by an expert. I won’t value this mask because authenticity has not been determined.