Any thoughts on this mask/wallhanging/?

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Pat P, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Another one of the mystery items my mother had. Not sure if it's just cheap late 20th century flea market or something older and more significant? And I have no clue where it's from.

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  2. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS!!!

    Well, he's a happy, blind looking fellow anyway!!!! How big is it???
     
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  3. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    He does look happy, doesn't he? :)

    It's not in front of me, but I'd say it's about the right size to be a mask, and I was wondering if the holes at the inside edges of his eyes are so a person could look out?

    I don't know what kind of wood it is, either. It's very light weight.
     
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    if the holes were made to be worn...they would be a lot larger...
    it's a tourist mask, of some sort....
     
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  5. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Komo. Does it have a Northwest feel to it?
     
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    no...not with those bulbous almond eyes...:(
     
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  7. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    Okay, thanks. Guess if I list it I'll have to use generic terms.
     
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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Try carnaval or carnival mask as a search term. It could come from any country that has festivals where devil-like masks are worn. I can picture this somewhere in Europe.
     
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  9. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    i need help and Any Jewelry like this.
  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :)
    Not sure there is much similarity, but if it is Mexican @April07 might recognize it
     
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  11. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I believe most masks made for actual use would have been painted in some fashion. This one appears unfinished, which may argue for tourist piece (in addition to the eye holes being too small).
    I have a mask from Bolivia made of tin. In traditional use they were painted, but dealers found that foreign buyers/collectors often liked their appearance unpainted. So why bother with the extra work if the tourists like them simple?
     
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  12. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    That makes sense... thanks!
     
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