A: I’ve never seen one in my 35 years of collecting. Now, after doing some research, I still know very little about them. The Yakut are living in Northern Siberia, just west of the Asiatic Eskimos. In the southern parts of their small country they raise horses and cattle. In addition, they produce there own iron ore and are excellent blacksmiths. Thus the iron mask.
I’m posting another iron mask that is maybe from somewhere else. I’ve seen a number of iron masks from Mali and Nepal, but they don’t look like either of these. I hope one of our readers will comment.