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TA RA TA TA, Seminara Ceramic Mask
Located in Paris, FR
The apotropaic (warding off evil) mask from Seminara can be distinguished by its horns, wide eyes, mustache, and screaming mouth with its tongue sticking out. The masks are finished ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Masks

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Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Black Dance Mask, Guerrero, Mexico
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Mid-20th century black dance mask, Guerrero, Mexico A nice old mask from Guererro, Mexico, used in the Tlacololero Dance of the Tlactapa and probably from the 1950s, has a very mode...
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1940s Mexican Tribal Vintage Masks

Materials

Wood

Abelam Papua New Guinea Woven Yam Mask
Located in Rochester, NY
An Abelam Papua New Guinea finely woven yam mask decorated with vegetable based pigment paint over clay. From a prominent local collection. This is a beautiful old one, dating from t...
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Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Masks

Materials

Clay, Organic Material, Paint

Noh Fox Mask, Early 20th Century
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a wonderfully expressive and articulated fox mask. The mask dates to the first half of the 20th century and is in overall good condition. The fox's jaw is articulated and he ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Japonisme Masks

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Wood

Contemporary Folk Art Style Wood Mask
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional hand carved wood mask with graphic elements, made of single piece of wood and was made for decorative purpose. Very intriguing and mysterious face. The mask in mounted o...
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20th Century African Masks

Materials

Steel

Wall Mask of Afro Child, Afro Woman , Mid-20th Century, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Afro Child , Afro Woman Wall Mask which looks great. This wall head decoration is very detailed and was made in Germany. This German pottery mask dates circa 1950-1960. It's ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Masks

Materials

Stone

Carved and Painted Wood Architectural Element in the Form of a Mask "Green Man"
Located in Stamford, CT
A carved and painted wood "Green Man" mask from a facade of a mansion near Seattle, late 19th century. The Green Man is a legendary being primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebir...
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1890s American Folk Art Antique Masks

Materials

Wood

Early 20th Century Black Monkey Mask, Guatemala
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Early 20th century black monkey mask, Guatemala A wonderful ‘monkey’ mask, which was used in the ‘Costeño’ and ‘Baile de los Animales’ Dances, and is also referred to as a ‘mico’ ...
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Early 20th Century Guatemalan Tribal Masks

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Wood

White Plaster Death Mask Male Head on Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
White plaster death mask male head on stand. A plaster cast of a males head, possibly a death mask or a mold for a Hollywood prosthetic. The head is heavy and on a stand that is part...
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20th Century Folk Art Masks

Materials

Plaster

Baule Ndoma Portrait Mask
Located in Chicago, IL
To relieve stress and uplift their community, the Baule people of modern-day Côte d'Ivoire engage in a daylong masquerade known as the Mblo. A series of dances that escalate in compl...
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Early 20th Century Ivorian Tribal Masks

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Wood

Egyptian Mummy Mask, Late Period, ca. 700-30 B.C.
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Carved hardwood mummy mask having a pink-brown painted ground, painted black eyes and brows. Wearing a black headband. Eyes and brows are restored. Scattered highpoint paint wear, ot...
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15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Masks

Materials

Hardwood

Lady Gaga 2009 Plastic Manifesto of Little Monsters Mask
Located in Jersey, GB
Lady Gaga (1986-) is an American recording artist, activist, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, philanthropist, and actress who has sold over 125 million singles world...
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21st Century and Contemporary Masks

Materials

Acrylic

Woven Painted Basketry Old Yam Helmet Mask with Sculptural Face Papua New Guinea
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Woven painted basketry yam helmet mask from Papua New Guinea. Hollow woven form with traces of red and white pigments. Measures: 14 1/2 inches high, mid 20th century.
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Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Masks

Materials

Organic Material

Brass Masquerade Mask Signed by Designer, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
A unique late 20th century hand-held signed and dated designer brass Masquerade mask, circa 1990s. Signed "Salle" or "Salla" and dated "1991" as show in image #5. Great as wall art o...
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1990s American Masks

Materials

Brass

19th Century Double Sided Carved Wooden Sun
Located in Hastings, GB
An absolutely captivating deeply carved wooden sun sign, double sided, most likely dating to the early 19th century. This piece has spent much of it’s life outside, probably as a pub...
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19th Century French Baroque Antique Masks

Materials

Wood

Very Important “Nwantantay” African Dance Mask
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Very important “Nwantamtay” dance African mask, consisting of three sections: The upper in plain rectangular shape surmounted by a crescent shape moon, the middle with beautiful geom...
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Early 20th Century Burkinabe Primitive Masks

Materials

Wood

Antique Japanese Noh Mask 'Noh Men', Taisho Period Circa 1920
Located in Prahran, Victoria
An antique hand-carved and hand-painted Japanese Noh theatre mask, depicting a young female character (onna men). Noh masks have been described as being like "a window to the soul", ...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Masks

Materials

Cypress, Paint

Hagenauer Male and Female Wall Masks
Located in Oakland, CA
Hagenauer male and female wall masks chrome and brass finish. Highly stylized rare and unique pieces made in Vienna, circa the 1940s. Both recently restored in gleaming chrome patina...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Masks

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Traditional, Seminara Ceramic Mask
Located in Paris, FR
Ditto potters with Antonio Bonamico. The ceramic masks of Seminara are ostentatious and grotesque, with deliberately frightening features to scare away all malevolent beings or forc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Masks

Materials

Ceramic

Collection of Worldwide Traveler's Hand Carved Folk Art Masks
Located in Atlanta, GA
Collection of worldwide traveler's hand carved folk art masks, circa 1940s - 1970s, possibly earlier. We purchased the estate of an Atlanta Coca Cola executive, who traveled the worl...
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1950s Balinese Folk Art Vintage Masks

Materials

Wood

African Mali Bamana Bambara Carved Wood Kore Mask
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully carved mask from the Bamana (Bambara) tribe of Mali. This mask, which has clear signs of wear and use, is a Kore mask and was made to be worn during initiation society ...
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Mid-20th Century Malian Masks

Materials

Wood

Small Old Dan Mask Blessed by Age Eroded Side, Cubist Face Liberia, Africa
Located in Point Richmond, CA
A small old carved wood Dan mask with cubist face. Blessed by time, weather and insects, with erosion to the right side of head. Mask was probably stored or abandoned on the ground w...
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Early 20th Century Ivorian Tribal Masks

Materials

Wood

Yupik Yup'ik Native American Alaska Carved Polychrome Wood Anthropomorphic Mask
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic mask by the Yup'ik (Yupik) aboriginal, indigenous people of South-Western and South Central Alaska. The Yup'ik people, who are related to the Inuit peoples, have a long h...
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20th Century American Masks

Materials

Natural Fiber, Wood, Paint

Very Old Nepal Dance Mask Middle Hills, Early 20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Old Nepal middle hills face mask with black surface, long triangular face with open eyes. Ex- artist's private collection From the early 20th century. Mask 12" high. Powerful face wi...
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Early 20th Century Nepalese Tribal Masks

Materials

Wood

Abelam Basketry Yam Mask from Papua New Guinea
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Elaborately crafted Abelam mask from the late 20th century. The Abelam people in Papua New Guinea produce two types of basketry masks. One is worn on the head during ceremonies and t...
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Late 20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Masks

Materials

Wicker

Early 20th Century Chokwe Mask
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century Chokwe Mask An early 20th Century example of a Chokwe African mask in the form a young woman, with facial scared markings which represent her age and tribe ident...
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1920s Botswanan Late Victorian Vintage Masks

Materials

Wood

Fantastic Set of 38 Vintage Mexican Wrestling Fighters Heads
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this fantastic set of 38 of the most iconic Mexican wrestling fighters, made in recine and hand painted includes El Santo, Blue Demon, Rayo de Jalisco, Mil Mascaras, Tiniebl...
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1970s Mexican Folk Art Vintage Masks

Materials

Paint

Oversized Brass and Wood Ceremonial Wall Folk Art Sculpture/Mask
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
9-351, oversized wood sculpture with brass and copper overlay. Hanging loop on back.  
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1920s Vintage Masks

Materials

Brass

Mid 20th Century Hand Carved African Tribal Mask
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid 20th century hand carved African tribal mask. Fine old school wooden African Tribal mask Hand carved portrait with natural fiber hair Measures: 8" wide x 6" deep x 10" h...
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Mid-20th Century Kenyan Masks

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Wood

Tiger Mask from Ponorogo, East Java, Teak, Mid-20th Century, Mounted
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Tiger mask from Ponorogo, East Java. Teak. Mid-20th century. Mounted. Used in barong style dances of Eastern Java, which interweave local and Hindu influences, and are performed on s...
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Mid-20th Century Javanese Tribal Masks

Materials

Teak, Paint

3 Mid-Century Tesselated Stone Aztec Masks
Located in New York, NY
3 Mid-Century modern pre-columbian style Aztec masks made with various tesselated semi-precious stone (lapis,onyx, quartz, mother-of-pearl) (PRICED EACH)
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20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Masks

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Quartz

Malachite African Wall Decoration Mask
Located in Delft, NL
Malachite African wall decoration mask Large malachite face figure for decoration on the wall Africa, 1970s Standard not included In the face above the lips a small scratch, se...
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20th Century African Masks

Materials

Malachite

1940s Paper Mache Chinese Dragon Head from a Costume
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1940s handmade papier mâché head of a dragon. From a costume worn for Chinese New Years. Eyes blink, by pulling on chords in head. A bird sits on top of the head.
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1940s Vintage Masks

Materials

Paper

Art Deco Period, African Ritual Tribal Oxidized Bronze ‘Brow Mask’, 1920s
Located in New York, NY
This superb example of the ritual African ‘Brow Mask’ is a unique creation of a truly skillful artist from the Jimini tribe of the Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) during the Art Deco per...
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1920s African Primitive Vintage Masks

Materials

Bronze

African Masks Group
Located in Atlanta, GA
Group of eight sculptural African hand carved tribal masks, most are early 20th century. They retain their warm original patinas. They come from a Manhattan estate, where the owner w...
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1950s Ivorian Tribal Vintage Masks

Materials

Wood

Bamana Mask "Ntomo", Mali, Africa, circa 18th-19th Century
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Very old African wooden mask with brown patina, resin-like mass with nassa snails on the five tooth-like projecting horns, minor missing parts (chin, nose) and snails, traces of inse...
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Late 18th Century Malian Tribal Antique Masks

Materials

Wood

Japanese Okame Ko-omote Noh Theater Mask Edo Period
Located in Studio City, CA
A truly beautiful, wonderfully aged, alluring mask made for Japanese Noh theater. The natural faded beauty and unique character drew us to this mask immediately. This mask is hand...
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Late 18th Century Japanese Edo Antique Masks

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Wooden Mask with Rock Crystal Eyes and Bronze Eyelids/Eyebrows
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Wooden mask with rock crystal eyes and bronze eyelids/eyebrows Circa: 711-332 BC Origin: Egypt.
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15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Masks

Materials

Stucco

Venetian Handmade Gold Mask with Flowered Pleated Jabot
Located in New York, NY
Venetian masks that are actually handmade and hand-drawn creations. Artists have realized them in full respect of craftsmanship traditions and original designs developed in Venice fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Folk Art Masks

Materials

Gold

Japanese Kagura Noh Theater Mask, Early 1900s
Located in Studio City, CA
A rather wonderful, albeit a little frightening, Japanese Kagura mask, clearly made for and used by a Japanese Noh theater actor. The mask is handcrafted. The maker uses a process...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Masks

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Lacquer, Wood

Southeast East of Asia Mask from the 20th Century
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Traditional mask from Southeast of Asia, circa 20th century. Craved wood and painted by hand. In good condition with wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pa...
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20th Century Asian Primitive Masks

Materials

Wood

Pair of Vintage Fencing Masks
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique set of old fencing masks. Cool display piece. Good vintage condition.
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1950s American Vintage Masks

Materials

Fabric

Hand-Carved Rustic Wooden Mask with Soft Expression
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rustic; folk art; mask; Axel Vervoordt This Rustic looking mask has a soft and elegant expression, closed eyes, and a finely carved mustache. The encrusted patina inside and out ...
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Early 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Masks

Materials

Wood

African Woman Pregnancy Sculpture Midcentury Mod Belly Body Art Mask
Located in West Hartford, CT
Carved wooden African female body mask depicting a torso with breasts and pregnant belly promoting fertility. What sets this sculpture apart is the fact that is life-size, see measur...
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1960s Ghanaian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Masks

Materials

Wood

Large & Unique Old African Mask, Chokwe, Congo, Solid Wood, Hand Carved, Antique
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful old African Mask, Chokwe, Congo. Good condition, hand carved, solid wood. Mask dimensions 33x22cm, on the stand 49cm high (stand not incl.)
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Early 20th Century Congolese Modern Masks

Materials

Wood

Large Classic Songye Kifwebe Mask, Ex Laeremans, Davy Early 20th Century Congo
Located in Point Richmond, CA
A fine and impressive early large Classic Songye Kifwebe mask with weathered and eroded surface, finely carved incised design and traces of pigments. From the collection of Woods Dav...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Masks

Materials

Wood

Japanese Large Noh Lion Mask
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a superb example of a large Japanese Noh mask in the form of a Guardian Lion. The mask dates to the early 20th century. The mask is signed by the artisan and was crafted of l...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Japonisme Masks

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Feathered Face Mask "Ishyeen Imaalu", Kuba People, DRC
Located in Leuven , BE
The Ishyeen imaalu mask is ranked within a hierarchy of masking performed during activities associated with the men's initiation society called Babende. Ishyeen imaalu appears most o...
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20th Century Congolese Masks

Materials

Wood

1950s Spanish Bull Head Hand Painted Papier-Mâché Festival Mask
Located in Malaga, ES
Popular 1950s Spanish bull head hand painted papier-mâché mask worn during village festivals.   
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Masks

Materials

Paper

1950s Spanish Pig Head Hand Painted Papier-mâché Festival Mask
Located in Malaga, ES
Popular 1950s Spanish pig head hand painted papier-mâché mask worn during village festivals.  
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Masks

Materials

Paper

West African Wood Carved Ceremonial Mask
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful, decorative African mask with elongated features, detailed facial markings, and some sort of anthropomorphic animal sitting at the top of the head. Has a beautiful patina...
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Mid-20th Century African Masks

Materials

Wood

Two Small Tightly Woven Basketry New Guinea Yam Masks, Incrusted Paints
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Two small tightly woven Basketry New Guinea Yam masks, with incrusted paints and surfaces. Used to decorate large yams during the annual harvest ceremonies. Great expressive small ar...
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Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Masks

Materials

Organic Material

Yupik Yup'ik Native American Alaska Polychrome Wood Anthropomorphic Bird Mask
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic mask by the Yup'ik (Yupik) aboriginal, indigenous people of South-Western & South Central Alaska. The Yup'ik people, who are related to the Inuit peoples, have a long his...
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20th Century American Masks

Materials

Natural Fiber, Wood, Paint

Old Bamana Animal Mask, Mali
Located in Rochester, NY
Bamana animal mask, Mali - representing a lion with short wide ears and open toothy mouth. A simple form with great presence in beautifully aged original old surface color with genui...
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Early 20th Century Malian Tribal Masks

Materials

Iron

Early 20th Century Noh Mask Japan/Indonesia Old Man Character
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Early 20th century Noh mask Japan/Indonesia old man character This striking mask is an excellent example of a Noh Theatre mask for the "old man" character. This mask is from an Indo...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Rustic Masks

Materials

Wood, Paint

Leather Mask of Old Man/Sage, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Ca. 1930s
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage Mexican leather mask from San Miguel de Allende, circa 1930s.
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1930s Mexican Vintage Masks

Materials

Leather

1950s Spanish Hand Painted Cock Head Papier-Mâché Festival Mask
Located in Malaga, ES
Popular 1950s Spanish hand painted papier-mâché cock head mask worn during village festivals.
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Masks

Materials

Paper

1950s Spanish Hand Painted Cock Head Papier-mâché Festival Mask
Located in Malaga, ES
Popular 1950s Spanish hand painted papier-mâché cock head mask worn during village festivals.
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Masks

Materials

Paper

Antique and Vintage Masks

Today, art enthusiasts and venturesome interior designers find a lot to love and appreciate about antique and vintage masks, particularly as they have earned a distinct place amid a collection of folk art and other collectibles and curiosities in contemporary homes.

Folk art refers to art that people, not classically trained, created for either utilitarian or decorative purposes. With respect to visual art in folk art, it is typically reflective of a community’s culture and usually handmade by craftspeople working within a popular tradition. Masks, as part of this history, have been used in carnivals, theater, medicine, therapy, religion and more. The use of masks in rituals and sacred ceremonies goes back thousands of years, and masks in general are believed to be much older. And all kinds of other uses have been found for masks and face coverings over time. We have enlisted these accessories for protection, to signal modesty, facilitate flirtation, enable licentiousness or simply to look cool.

Archaeologists found a mask in Palestine that is believed to be 9,000 years old, a Neolithic-era stone mask that may have been part of rituals associated with the worship of ancestors. Some tribal masks are worn as an offering to the gods. Masks are among the most important African art forms, for example, and traditional African masks can be used to lend a concrete form to an invisible spirit. Dancers donning wooden tribal masks celebrate important events to honor their deceased ancestors. These masks are also very important devices for storytelling and sharing the oral history of a community.

For Asian artists, specific colors are used in masks to convey different values and ideas. In Japan, a red Oni mask worn by performers during a festival might signify anger, while in China’s Peking Opera, a mask that has been hand-painted gold would be worn by an immortal.

Mexican craftspeople make masks for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater. A common symbol of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is a skull, which is widely represented in masks (although the innumerable activities associated with the holiday are by no means universal).

We’re inviting you to explore and pay respect to the long folk-art traditions that underpin mask-making by introducing antique and vintage masks to your space. Find an exciting collection on 1stDibs today.