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Masks and Headgear

Late Period Wooden Egyptian Mummy Mask. Stand. Authentic. Switzerland Collection 1972. Egypt.

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    From the Late Period ( 664-332 B.C. ) this wood mask was acquired from an antiquity dealer in Southern California. It has been authenticated by Dr. Serop Simonian (from Hamburg Germany) . . . a well known Egyptologist.   Burials in the Late Period made… Continue reading

Massive Old Tchokwe / Chokwe Helmet Mask. Angola

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    The Chokwe are an ethnic group of Central Africa whose ancestry can perhaps be traced to Mbundu and Mbuti Pygmies. This “helmet” mask with braids and facial scarifications is somewhat rare. The braids and scarification are somewhat typical but the helmet structure and woven neck… Continue reading

Antique Tantric Copper Gold Plated Garuda Mask. Copper. Nepal.

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    In Hinduism, Garuda is a Hindu divinity. Many times you see Lord Vishnu riding on Garuda’s back. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man, red wings, an eagle’s beak and with a crown on his head. This ancient deity was said… Continue reading

Very Rare Wood Chokwe Bird Mask. Angola / DRC. Africa.

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    A rare Chokwe Initiation Bird Mask with deep wood patina. Generally, animal masks have been used in initiation ceremonies to assist in the telling of tribal stories and proverbs. But, they were also used extensively in ceremonies to promote a “successful hunt”.   The masks are unique… Continue reading

Ancient Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask. Period 664 – 30 B.C. Egypt.

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    During this span of time, Egypt was invaded and occupied by several peoples. The Persians, in 525 BC, occupied Egypt and made it one of its many provinces. By 30 B.C., Egypt was incorporated into the Roman Empire.   Ancient Egypt’s last independent ruler was Queen… Continue reading

Stunning Bakuba Mask. Kuba. Carved Wood. D.R. Congo. Africa.

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    The Kuba Kingdom was a conglomerate of several smaller Bushongo-speaking principalities as well as the Kete, Coofa, Mbeengi and the Twa Pygmies. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists… Continue reading

Tortured Pocket Ceramic Mask. Raku. Japan

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    Handcrafted mask of a tortured face. Raku process which involves hand-shaping of rather porous material. It is low fired with lead glazes . . . and removed from the kiln and allowed to cool in the open air.   Such Japanese pottery is traditionally used to… Continue reading

Hand Carved Tantric Wooden Masan Mask. Wood. Nepal

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    “Kālacakra” – very complex teachings and practices of Tibetan Buddhism – was brought to Tibet in the 5th Century B.C. from India. Two Nepalese scholars (Padmasri and Jnanavajra) developed these teachings and practices to Tibet as an interpretation of Mafijuirzha’masan‘zgzti (or Masan).… Continue reading

Abstract Representation of Akhenaten. Egyptian Mask / Plaque.

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    Made of casting stone, this COOL mask is meant to hang on the wall and admire.   Really unusual but way cool.

Vintage Prince Mask. Head. Wood with pigment & gilt. Hand Carved. Bali. Indonesia.

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    Unique and One-Of-A-Kind! Nowhere else!   An excellent decor piece with stylized facial features and worn pigment & gilt . . . with age. Most likely from the 1940s.   Authentic and a great conversation piece. Stand not included.
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