Featured Wood face / mask carving - where from?

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  1. aaroncab

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    A bit on the small side to be an actual mask - 6 inches high. The wood is fairly lightweight and porous.

    Where is Mr. Grumpy Face from? "random crappy mask" is an acceptable answer but hopefully someone recognizes the style. Thanks for having a look!


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  2. FlowingHair

    FlowingHair Active Member

    Just a wild guess but Mr. Grumpy reminds me of some folks in Germany
     
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  3. aaroncab

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    Hmmmm - a place I hadn't even considered - but you could be onto something! Thanks!
     
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    FlowingHair Active Member

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  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I can only say that there is actually some nice work in that mask....front and back.
    & the hook and ring.....I've not seen before.....but it's not new !!
     
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  6. iPacific

    iPacific Member

    That's a fun dour look! That would be the tragedy side of a comedy/tragedy pair of theater masks. First guess would be a Hawaiian carver. Has a tiki or Asian look, maybe both. Guess he scared the happy mask away!
     
  7. iPacific

    iPacific Member

    The wooden mask in that group looks like Maori, of New Zealand.
     
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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I'm with Flowing, it looks European to me.
    Sorry to disappoint you, they are all traditional European.;)
     
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  9. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

  10. aaroncab

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  12. necollectors

    necollectors Well-Known Member

    Is it an actual mask being only 6"?
     
  13. aaroncab

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    I suppose this very well could be the tragedy half of the comedy/tragedy duo.
     
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  15. iPacific

    iPacific Member

    On a closer look, You are right, european masks depict wrinkles, the Maori tattoos.
     

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  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Maori masks, like Maori face Moko or tattoos, do follow natural facial features. So I can see how the 'wrinkled' mask looked Maori.
     
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