Q: (From a small museum) We have this wooden mask with no information on it, and no real leads on where to look. The mask is an orange face with black spots all over it, with it’s brow and mouth region protruding out. It’s about 8″ tall and has what appears to be some form of leather with a few traces of animal hair nailed in with tiny nails above its’ eyes and mouth almost like eyebrows and a mustache. Inside the mouth on the upper part are four holes that look like they used to hold some kind of makeshift teeth in them. Dani, 643
A: Maybe it’s a Tigre, or jaguar mask, from a remote rural area of Mexico. But it doesn’t look like any Mexican mask I’ve ever seen. So we can’t rule out other possibilities. Too bad the hair came off those patches of animal skin. I would hesitate to display a mask like this without knowing for sure where it came from. Let’s see if we can get some help.