Q: My father recently passed who was an avid collector of Native American pottery, rugs and baskets. These items currently are with Heritage Auction for a sale in November but we found these after those items left for sale. We just want to know if they are “junk” or have real significant value. I can try to get to them later today (in storage) for better imagery but I do know given my father’s contacts they are more than likely somewhat authentic. Jackie, 1034
A: You sent me six small pictures, of which this is a larger version of one. I think they are all Native American artifacts from the 20th century. This particular one might be Inuit. It seems to be made out of drift wood and some sort of teeth or bone pieces. I think all of the 6 masks may be authentic, though probably newer than 19th or early 20th century. I hope someone who knows more about Arctic masks will comment on this one.