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Q:  Any information on this mask? Origin, age, and purpose?  Jordan, 1296

A:  My first thought is quickly made tourist mask with no relevance to any culture. But those big red eyes with a large, single eye hole in between are very unusual. If I was cranking out tourist masks for the trade, would I make something like this? No, it’s too weird. So I can’t help you on origin, age or purpose. Maybe someone else can, or at least  comment whether authentic or fake.

Categories:   Africa

Comments

  • Posted: February 26, 2018 19:48

    jordan

    Are you sure its African in origin?
  • Posted: February 27, 2018 16:30

    Bob Ibold

    No. Any ideas would be appreciated.
  • Posted: February 28, 2018 20:04

    jordan

    for some reason i am thinking Indonesia. But that's a wild guess from an uneducated individual.
  • Posted: March 2, 2018 07:27

    Chris

    maybe a very, very simple Dayak mask? the red eyes would somehow match...but I have never seen one with a single hole like that on the front.
  • Posted: March 2, 2018 12:30

    jordan

    was the hole the place of something missing? Like a horn or something?
  • Posted: March 4, 2018 20:49

    Bob Ibold

    Authentic masks require that the performer be able to see. The eye holes can be where you would expect them, slits above or below the eyes, and sometimes in the middle of the forehead. There are also masks where the open mouth is used.
  • Posted: March 5, 2018 19:17

    Chris

    I just found several of very similar masks, crudely carved with just one hole in the front, and these circular eyes...I am sorry, but these are all very cheap and rapidly made items. Told to be "African", but in fact they could have been made anywhere around the globe.
  • Posted: March 11, 2018 15:17

    Bob Ibold

    Cheap, one hole masks have been sold in Guatemala for as long as I can remember.
  • Posted: March 23, 2018 15:48

    jordan

    so is the main theory at this point is that its a cheaply made, non-significant mask from Central America?

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