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.
Ancient Wooden Puppet Articulated Head
This is a very early and delicate wooden puppet head. It could be Chinese but that's just a guess. I'll say it's late 1700's but could be a lot earlier. The mouth is a 2nd piece and is connected to the string. I love the weathered patina... The look is just right. The custom stand is included. 8 in.H x 3.5 in.Dia. $750