Fun Guatemalan mask

Indian chief
Indian chief

Q:  Hi Bob, Jim Walker here. Just picked up a mask. I think it might be Mexican. What do you think about the edge wear?  Jim, 749

A:  The edge wear and rear inside do suggest age. But where are the strap holes? How would you keep it on your face? Authentic or not, this item is pretty cute. As an artist, I would enjoy having it on my wall. It is a quickly made Indian mask from Guatemala. The character is wearing a feathered headdress. I believe it’s a tourist souvenir and not intended for actual use. Serious collectors and academics would have nothing to do with it… but some decorators (and crazy guys like me) would!  C+

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