|Q: Interested in the origin of this mask and any information that would help. It is a heavy dark wood carving weighing 13 lbs, 23 x 12 x 7 1/2 inch. Barry,1178
A: It’s always nice to know when, where and how you got the mask. In your case it may not be a mask because it is so large and heavy, and it is missing eye holes and any way of holding it to the head. Maybe it is an architectural detail. Then why is the rear so carefully scooped out and stained black? I would sure like to know more about this beautifully aged piece of sculpture. Hopefully one of our viewers who knows more about India will make a comment. It would be nice to know the name of the character, festival, city, state… maybe even the age and a guess at authenticity. I can often tell you this kind of info, but not with Indian masks. There is little information available. What a shame from a country so rich in masquerade.