Bali & Java

Bird mask from Indonesia

Java, Indonesia
Java, Indonesia

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+

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