|Q: I recently bought a lot of various masks. About 30 of them, most are probably made for tourists. Bought them from a lady who was moving out of the country (I’m from Argentina), so most of these are quite hard to find here. This one caught my eye. It’s clearly old, and it seems to fit the style of the Indonesian masks. The paint is naturally chipping, a big part of the horse hair it had is missing, and its made out of papier mache with some burlap backing it up. I’m in love with this piece simply because of its piercing, intimidating gaze, and for how old it looks.
I’m mostly curious of how old it could be, what country is it from and what creature it represents. I’m looking to restore it but just the missing hair. Tomas, 1258
A: I think this mask would be hard to find in Europe or North America. It’s from somewhere in Asia, old, but not necessarily meant for use. There are no eye or strap holes. None the less, you should be in love with this mask. Add the missing hair only if you are good at restoration, otherwise, hire a professional. This black old man is probably worth some money.
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