It is 11 by 23 inches and weighs 9 pounds. I have seen a few monster masks photographed by anthropologists doing field work in West Africa, but I don’t remember the details. This one has a wonderful, traditional design that I think I’ve seen before on a normal sized carving. There is dark stain front and back that has been partially rubbed off. It could be a tourist mask, but why make it this big and difficult to ship? Please help! Note to smartphone users: those are not little white fangs in the mouth. Bob, 1107
Nyamwezi, Sukuma, most likely from Tanzania. Real and tribally used.
After a little additional research I discovered that the Sukuma people in live small villages in the northern part of Tanzania, each of which is headed by a chief who is also a sorcerer. Sukuma masks are often associated with large, rough-looking carvings.