Q: What are you thoughts? Remind us what the red-wax seal means? It cleared Tibetan customs, right? But beyond that, do we know when they started and stopped using this type of seal? Was this seal essentially put onto everything? (i.e. a real antique and a tourist piece would both be given one of these?) Nate, 1209
A: Let me start with the red wax seal. The Nepalese customs department began taxing folk art items being sold to tourists and exporters in the middle 20th century. Masks got a seal on the rear. Then, around the beginning of the 21st, they stopped wasting time and money on this practice.
I think the demon mask looks great. Based on your three excellent photos, it appears to be old and used. Our viewers should know that you have become very successful at searching for authentic masks that can be purchased for a low price. Similar masks with provenance would sell for much, much more. What Nate is able to do takes a lot of knowledge. A
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