Tschaggatta mask from Swiss Alps

Q: This is a Native American mask. I would love your reaction/input. Dominikija, 1654

A: On February 8, 2019, a viewer submitted a similar mask that he found in an attic in North Carolina. It was roughly 10 inches tall (minus the hair) and 8 inches wide. It appeared to have real teeth. Take a look at #1515 in our archives.

What I thought was a Cherokee Booger mask was actually a small, decorative Tschäggättä mask from Lotschental in the Swiss Alps. The Mask Man had gotten it wrong. Well, I’m not going to make that mistake again.

Incidentally, you can easily learn more about this traditional European mask with the help of Google. C


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