Q: I purchased the mask yesterday, while walking through the Columbus Flea Market in New Jersey. I paid the couple $35 for the item. They acquired it while cleaning our an estate in Princeton, New Jersey. The mask is approximately 13″ in height, and 10″ in width. As a retired police lieutenant, I have no knowledge with respect to this area of collecting. Daniel, 973
A: This may be an old Tigre del Tecuani mask used in the dance of the Tigres (rural name for jaguars) from somewhere in the state of Guerrero. Since it has a big mouth opening and no eye holes, it would have been worn higher on the head of the dancer. Or it’s a decorative carving made for sale to tourists. Even though your photos are sharp and well lit, I can’t tell whether it’s authentic or a fake.