Posted 3 years ago
I got this wooden Pacific Northwest Native American frog mask from an antique dealer after I told him that it was an Indonesian copy of a mask that is found in several books about Northwest masks. So he gave it to me for free after I showed him evidence, because he was a man of integrity and did not want it anymore. It measures 8" x 9.5" and is a beautiful replica of the original mask.
It's a shame that so many of these fake masks that were made in Indonesia have flooded the market and in sites like eBay for the past twenty-five years, and many unscrupulous dealers pass them off as real and charge people hundreds of dollars for a mask. One way to tell a fake is that many of these masks use mahogany instead of cedar. Another is that the back of the masks are sanded; Native American artist do not sand the back of the masks. Finally, there's the old saying, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is."