Q: Thoughts on this one? I am being told its a 75-100 year old Malinche or dona marina from mexico… the wood type, carving technique on the front, and the shellac all make me think Japan-60-years-old.. little of this says Mexico to me. The glaze seems to be truly of age, with a high patina per the pictures. Not sure I’d feel the same in person. Nate, 632
A: If a serious collector like you is confused, chances are I will be too. I’ve included a picture of the rear because it might help someone else identify the piece. Others should also note that the final coating, whether shellac or varnish, may have been done by a dealer or collector. Let me add to Mexico and Japan– Alaska, Colombia or Nepal. Maybe MasksoftheWorld.com should start offering prizes.