Q: I have just purchased this mask because I like it. It cost me £50. Have you any ideas about age and origin. Kevin, 694
A: Your Javanese bird mask has a pleasant, old, used look to it. Similar bird masks are also made in Bali. But I think it might have been artificially aged. This happens a lot because tourists and inexperienced collectors will pay more for something they feel is authentic. Unfortunately, I can’t resolve this dilemma by looking at small scans over the internet. One must handle the mask and look at it quite closely. C+
Your mask is made in a small village near jogyakarta in java Indonesia.
It is probably a copy from an old mask.
Best regards nico