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.
Planetarium Star Ball
The main star ball from a large theater planetarium. Each lens has a film showing a portion of the night sky. There are 17 lenses that complete the picture. This was a very costly device. Few were made and I can't even guess what the original cost would have been. Doing a bit of computer research leads me to believe this was a Minolta MS Series unit. It's over two foot in diameter. The ball is mounted on a cast iron pedestal bringing the total hight to over four foot tall. I'm not sure if it can be made to project and have not tried to play with it. 49 in.Hx 24 in. Dia. $3,800