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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Hey All...
    This may be a helmet mask from the Mekonde tribe in Mozambique/Tanzania area of Africa. But I'm not sure about that at all. Does anybody know anything more about my guy or how old it may be? I stumbled upon this at an auction recently that was liquidating an old antique shop in Texas. I know he's ugly but I just love it... I think they were sure happy to see it go too! ;) Thanks for any insight you can give me on my find.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      You made a good buy. You don't know what you have and expect us to know. What is it made of? What are the dimensions? Is it marked?
    2. earlquinn1 earlquinn1, 7 years ago
      It's a carved soft wood that’s blackened and shows scarification marks and what looks like a lip plug as well. I have no idea what type of wood, but it's not a heavy dense type. Thanks!
      10.5 inches tall from base to top of head
      8 inches across from ear to ear.
      12 inches wide from lips to back of head

    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      I believe you have a tourist item.
    4. earlquinn1 earlquinn1, 7 years ago
      Yeah, probably worthless, but it was fun trying to figure it out. Thanks!
    5. CeramicAnt CeramicAnt, 7 years ago
      Are you sure it's wood? ...... is it possibly a carved nut like the coco de mer = sea coconut weighing up to 65lbs. They often look like fine ass.......thats right fine womens asses washed up on beaches around the seychells and Maldives.
      The nut can often have the front and back of a womans anatomy.
      Got me thinking if I could teach one to wash dishes I would ask the mrs to leave.
      It does look fairly new-ish.
    6. earlquinn1 earlquinn1, 7 years ago
      It doesn't look at all like what you describe...that's a new on me! ;) I've attached pictures of the top and inside of the helmet. See what you think. I'm leaning towards wood rather than the voluptuous coco nut for now. Thanks!
    7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      this is great, but he kind of reminds me of Homer Simpson, no?
    8. earlquinn1 earlquinn1, 7 years ago
      Exactly! I was thinking the exact same thing! HaHa
    9. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago

      A scary Homer. I know nothing about your item, but Thanks for the Post!

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