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.
Lifesize Antique Articulated Child Lay Figure
This mid-1800s child is a “mix” between an early articulated artist model and a lay figure mannequin. It must have been made by special request because there is no other example known like it. An articulated mannequin or artist’s model in a child’s size is extremely rare. In addition this child mannequin is covered with the fabric layers as a lay figure but it has the style of an articulated one. The hands are unique as well. On most lay figures the whole body is covered with the fabric|but on this one the hands never were…only the wooden fingers have the original fabric. If you look closely there are metal twist adjustments at the joints. The paper mâché head is very well done and it has glass eyes. 56 in.Hx18 in.Wx8 in.D $11,000