We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
1910 Anatomical Model of Sheep, Germany
This rare German hand painted papier-mâché teaching model was manufactured by Somso circa 1910. One side shows a beautiful realistic animal and the other shows the musculature. It opens to show all the inside parts. Each organ is removable, numbered and comes apart to show the sheeps anatomy in three dimensional detail. These are getting very scarce. It in beautiful condition. It hard to see but there may have been some early and well done professional repairs... $5400