Crazy looking wood mask?.

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  1. Virdendale

    Virdendale New Member

    20180711_145154_1531338894585.jpg Anyone know any thing bout this wood carved mask I've had it for years n kno nothing bout it
     
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  2. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

  3. JohnNL

    JohnNL Well-Known Member

    Reminds me a bit of my Inuit statues, featured in an earlier thread. IMG_2873klein.jpg
     
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  4. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    And what about @Mark London?:)
    Not sure it is Inuit, etc though. Just a wild guess, Ainu maybe?
     
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  6. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Yes, Mark London also!

    I couldn't remember his name!!

    TY AJ!
     
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Thanks Judy, but the pic is not good enough for me to voice a positive opinion..:sorry:
     
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  8. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking it is from Alaska, most likely, not a traditional Inuit mask, but intended to represent an Eskimo, for tourist sale.
    Similar to the one below, sold by liveauctioneers for an unknown price, as a 20th century mask representing an Eskimo.
    Disclaimer: this is a bit outside my area of expertise, so I would certainly defer to others with more knowledge. And I'd think Ainu is another real possibility, though again, outside my area.

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  9. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    My first thought was Eskimo, but that black fur didn't look right. I was seeing it as hair. Maybe it was supposed to be the trim on a parka hood. But that's generally not black.

    I agree that it isn't a traditional mask, but rather a "decorative" item made for the tourist trade.

    So I'm not going to venture a guess. It's not something I'm familiar with.
     
  10. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    what they said!...

    Might be Alaskan but could be from anywhere.
     
  11. AuDragon

    AuDragon Well-Known Member

    It initially reminded me of a Japanese Noh theatre mask, but I couldn't find anything even similar so I guess not. Best of luck.

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  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    show us a clear shot of the back, please.
     
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