|Q: I was hoping you could tell me about this mask. I was told that it was a Guatemalan dance mask. I find that hard to believe as I’ve never seen a Guatemalan mask that looks anything like this. My first impression was that it looked like a Northwest Indian mask. I would appreciate any info you might have on this…Thanks very much. Ray, 1091
A: It’s got a modern West African vibe, but it could come from other places. Because it appears to be carved very thin and has a grab bar on the rear, somewhere in the Southwest Pacific is a possibility. Please, you people out there, give us a little help with this crazy guy! (If Ray wins it at auction he promises to send us better photos.)
Definitely not Guatemalan. I’d bet pretty much anything that it comes from somewhere in Indonesia based on the bottom eye-slits, bite bar, cap strip at the top of the head, and blackened back.
I agree with Aaron; it is probably a Borneo island -Kalimantan area- mask; however, it doesn’t mean that this item is authentic…the Bali artists are specialists in copying masks… even from the NWC of Canada !