Heavy Metal Mystery


Q:  I recently purchased this copper mask online and was wondering what your thoughts regarding country of origin might be. It’s very well made and could easily be worn by an adult, though it’s fairly heavy. It’s similar in construction to the tin Bolivian masks I own, but not quite the same stylistically. Possibly Mexican or Peruvian?
I’m hoping one of your dedicated followers may have some insight. Thanks, Dan, 724

A:  That’s a hum dinger of a mask! You’re correct in saying it’s a bit like a Bolivian or Peruvian metal mask. As a rule Mexican metal masks aren’t that carefully crafted, but they do have a similar hairline. Possibly it is not ethnographic at all and was made by an American or European steampunk artist. Guess we’ll have to rely on some insight from our “dedicated followers.”


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