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.
Important 1920s Medical Artist Model
This is a lifesize medical model. They were used as teaching aids for medical students. These models were an important part of medical history and a teaching tool through the formative years of plastic surgery. This is an early cast metal example from the 1920s and is complete with all it's four removable face parts. It's attributed to The Plastic Surgery Laboratories. Every time I look at this display I can't help but think it could have been done by the Surrealist master Salvador Dali. We rarely sell examples like this from our museum collection. It's a perfect example of what we call industries tribal art. 9 in.Hx5 in.Wx10 in.D $2,800