East Asia

It looks authentic to me

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Dayak, Borneo

Q:  I was wondering what you thought of the attached.  It is allegedly a Borneo Dayak mask from the 1940s, acquired by a WWII veteran.  It looks authentic to me, but I was wondering if you had an opinion. Aaron, 528

A:  It looks authentic (old and used) to me as well. But a seller saying it was brought back by a WWII vet is not provenance that buyers will believe. You need documents such as a letter from the South Pacific, an old snap shot, names and addresses of owner(s). Many are made for the tourist trade nowadays. There are some Dayak masks on the Oceanic section of MasksoftheWorld.com.   A

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