Q: Here is a very heavy, 17-inch tall Indian mask carved out of a hunk of wood. What do you think… is this piece ethnographic or tourist? Nate, 560
A: Ethnographic Indian for sure. But I don’t know where in India it is from or what use it was intended for. I hope someone will help us out. I can find no books on Indian masks. It surprises me that so little interest is shown in Indian masks. It is the second largest country in the world and it has a very rich history of folk art. Interest in these traditions may start soon, just as it has recently in China.