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Old 23rd February 2022, 04:51 PM   #1
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Could be African
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Old 25th February 2022, 04:17 AM   #2
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Could hardly be anything else.

Could you post a pic of the back of the mask, please?
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Old 26th February 2022, 01:28 AM   #3
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more shots of mask
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Old 4th March 2022, 07:25 AM   #4
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I think it is decorative, for tourists planning on hanging it on the wall.
The back of the mask tells the story: it was not made to wear it, no place even for the nose. Just almost flat surface. Also, there are empty nail holes for a string and the wood looks quite new.
My guess not older than 20-30 years.
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Old 5th March 2022, 06:43 PM   #5
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Look how zealous the Thay authorities are with their artifacts for export ... even if only decorative.
This one has been with me for the last 40 years.


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Preserving their cultural heritage is a good thing. The definition of how old and artistic the object should be to qualify for such protection is a legitimate business business of any country.

But I remember Royal Palace in Bangkok. Outside the palace was a rickety construction, without walls, just a roof on the poles, providing partial coverage. Inside were shelves and stands of old daabs, rusty beyond recognition, fully exposed to heat and humidity.

Somehow, this did not inspire my confidence in the Thai protection of their cultural heritage.
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