Q: I’ve attached some pictures of a mask that I purchased that I can’t identify. It has aspects of African influences as well as Polynesian. I’m most curious about the style of the mouth. It is made from a very light weight wood and looks to have been carved in a manner that it may have been actually danced and not made entirely for the tourist trade. Brian, 592
A: The character on this has mask has both a turtle and a coiled snake on his head. There are just a few holes for possible attachments. I sense it may be an authentic artifact, but have no idea from what culture it comes. I hope some of you will offer your opinion.