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Auction Description for The Cobbs: Fine African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Himalayan Art
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Public Previews: Wednesday April 24th, 10:00am to 5:00pm Thursday April 25th, 10:0am to 5:00pm Friday April 26th, 10:00am to 7:00pm Saturday April 27th, 8:00am to 10:00 am Or by appointment

Fine African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Himalayan Art

by The Cobbs


330 lots with images

April 27, 2013

Live Auction

50 Jaffrey Road

Peterborough, NH, 03458 USA

Phone: +1 603.924.6361

Fax: +1 603 924 9089

Email: info@thecobbs.com

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An Australian Aboriginal carving of a Bird

Lot 1: An Australian Aboriginal carving of a Bird

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Description: Of dense hard wood, the figure in classical form, with crude carving in the form of a standing bird on short legs. The body covered with characteristic linear and dotted motifs in compartmentalized patterns. The bottom with "A96093 PARIBUNGA" (?) written in Marker to the raw wood. A fine example.

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A Mentawai house panel

Lot 2: A Mentawai house panel

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Description: The panel with a pair of traced hands and feet that have been lightly incised and colored in, and two circles to the right. The top with a fiber cord with nails for hanging. On a custom base.

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A fine Mount Hagen prestige axe

Lot 3: A fine Mount Hagen prestige axe

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Description: Of classical form, the axe with long handle with apparent wear, he upper portion with old slate blade and elaborate woven head with black designs. On a custom base.

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A fine lower Sepik figure

Lot 4: A fine lower Sepik figure

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Description: The blackened figure with some remains of pigment under the eyes, in the form of a standing male with classical Lower Sepik features; fine and expressive large figure. On a custom base.

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An exceptional Lower Sepik mortar

Lot 5: An exceptional Lower Sepik mortar

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Description: Carved in the form of a shallow cup, with well patinated and worn interior, supported by four typical caryatids, with deeply furrowed brows, and long avian noses curving to their chests; remains of white pigment, highpoint wear from handling, old collection number '420' on bottom. On a custom base.

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A Boiken mask

Lot 6: A Boiken mask

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Description: The mask with narrow face and large wide nose with red band of pigment covering the eyes. Pierced for attachments. On a custom base.

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A lower Sepik architectural post

Lot 7: A lower Sepik architectural post

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Description: Carved on both sides with large mask-like heads interspersed with standing figures between each the front of a zoomorph, possibly a crocodile; the sides with serrated carving. Overall fine surface with remains of some yellow paint and some insect depredation to the bottom. On a custom base.

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A fine Lower Sepik figure

Lot 8: A fine Lower Sepik figure

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Description: Stone carved; the figure with cock's-comb coif atop an ovoid head with high pointed brow, deeply inset eyes and long nose. The mouth set around the chin in a narrow arc. The shoulders broad and powerful with arms akimbo, the hands meeting the body at the waist. Legs well carved indicating musculature, insect depredations to the calves, feet deficient. Encrusted and mottled variegated patina. Very fine and rare example. On a custom base.

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A Post-war Yuat River Flute stopper

Lot 9: A Post-war Yuat River Flute stopper

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Description: The stopper of post war manufacture, with classical crouching figure once covered with elaborate jewelry and decorations. On a custom base.

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A Sepik River drum

Lot 10: A Sepik River drum

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Description: Of classical form, the handle with mask-like faces above and below, a band of typical curvilinear Sepik carving to the center. Tympanum intact. On a custom base.

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A Sepik River drum

Lot 11: A Sepik River drum

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Description: Of classical form, the handle forming stylized parrot heads with classical incised Sepik designs to the lower portion of the are below the waist. Tympanum present and intact. On a custom base.

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A Middle Sepik basketry mask

Lot 12: A Middle Sepik basketry mask

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Description: Of typical form, the woven mask in fiber basketry with clay over-modeling now largely deficient; with a long nasal ridge and flaring nostrils, large attached eyes and ears and a wide smiling mouth; cassowary feather attachments to the chin, on a custom base.

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A fine Abelam drum

Lot 13: A fine Abelam drum

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Description: The large drum with tympanum intact, intricately carved below the handle with classical Abelam designs and faces in high relief. On a custom base/

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An Abelam dagger

Lot 14: An Abelam dagger

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Description: Of classical form, the dagger of cassowary bone with an incised image of a human figure in ceremonial regalia deeply cut into the surface. On a custom base.

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A large Abelam male figure

Lot 15: A large Abelam male figure

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Description: The ngwalundu figure of classical form, with high raised head decoration, classical Abelam facial features, including rounded forehead, elongated nose, and ovate protruding mouth over an attenuated body decorated with arm, wrist, and leg ornaments on the remains of a once longer plinth; original pigmentation mostly gone. Deep reddish surface. On a custom base

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An Boiken talipun

Lot 16: An Boiken talipun

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Description: Of typical form, the large shell showing age and handling attached to a wicker maskette with a high point and finely woven features, remains of clay and pigments especially to the nose. On a custom mount.

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A Washkuk architectural object

Lot 17: A Washkuk architectural object

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Description: In the form of a large Kwoma Washkuk face with a small head rising from it, wings or arm-like structures at either side, polychromed in shades of gray and yellow with white. Some insect depredation. On a custom mount.

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A Kwoma-Washkuk spirit board

Lot 18: A Kwoma-Washkuk spirit board

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Description: Probably used to decorate the interior of a mens house, the board carved with a large stylized face with repeating arch like designs, above a horizontal band of interlocking motifs with a smaller face carved beneath. The whole with remains of red, yellow, and off-white pigments. On a custom base.

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A Washkuk Minja board

Lot 19: A Washkuk Minja board

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Description: The board in Nukuma Washkuk style with flattened features, and pigmented in oranges and black with white. The central rib with a snake-like motif; the large face located centrally in classical style of this part of Washkuk territory. On a custom base.

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A Tami Island feast bowl

Lot 20: A Tami Island feast bowl

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Description: Of classical form, the outer rim of either side carved with raised and incised imagery depicting various stylized sea creatures, with a centrally raised anthropomorphic figure to the center with bent knees. Overall excellent patina, on a custom base.

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A fine Huon gulf ladle

Lot 21: A fine Huon gulf ladle

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Description: The ladle with long spatulate spoon, and fine well worn handle. The top of the spoon-bowl decorated with a typical Huon gulf head with well carved face and coif. Fine patina. On a custom base.

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A fine Trobriand Islands ritual paddle

Lot 22: A fine Trobriand Islands ritual paddle

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Description: The fine well patinated paddle with large carved finial in the form of birds, sea horses, and other zoomorphs; completely incised with typical Trobriand design elements on both sides, with remains of white infill. Some minor losses to the upper portion; else excellent condition. On a custom base.

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An exceptional Papuan Gulf drum

Lot 23: An exceptional Papuan Gulf drum

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Description: The drum with tympanum intact, the handle of woven split cane, the body with deep reddish lustrous patina, terminating in a stylized shark mouth, completely carved, with classical Papuan Gulf design elements the central faces on either side with hooks and spiral motifs, and remains of red, black, and white pigment, minor cracks, some traditionally repaired, overall intact, this drum appears to be stone-carved. A superb example, on a custom base.

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An upper Sepik spirit board

Lot 24: An upper Sepik spirit board

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Description: An architectural panel from the front or interior of a mens house, characteristically decorated with arched barbed devices and lozenges on a white field; discoloration to the white pigment from the elements; used in displays where large numbers of spirit boards were exhibited outside of a mens house. On a custom base.

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An upper Sepik shield

Lot 25: An upper Sepik shield

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Description: A war shield characteristically decorated with arched barbed devices and large lozenge on a white field; discoloration to the white pigment from the elements; the woven handle made of vine, now deficient, however the three holes for attachment well worn. On a custom base.

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A large Upper Sepik spirit board

Lot 26: A large Upper Sepik spirit board

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Description: The board, used in elaborate displays, with four characteristic Wogamus faces with large smiling mouths in shades of black, red, white, yellow and pinks. Well carved and difficult to find.On a custom base.

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An upper Sepik spirit board

Lot 27: An upper Sepik spirit board

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Description: Of typical form, the board with five concentric circles in alternating white, red, and yellow pigments, on a white ground; used in displays where large numbers of spirit boards were exhibited outside of a mens house.

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An upper Sepik spirit board

Lot 28: An upper Sepik spirit board

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Description: The board with central smiling face and lozenge devices above and below; hook designs possibly representing small legs; arch, dot and serrated motifs in red, white, yellow, and black. Overall staining to the white field from traditional usage in displays where large numbers of spirit boards were exhibited outside of a mens house. On a custom base.

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A fine upper Sepik shield

Lot 29: A fine upper Sepik shield

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Description: Wonderful shield elaborately decorated with seven eye-like motifs with concentric barbed circular patterns radiating outward and pigmented in red, white, and yellow, with black raised patterning. The reverse with two-piece handle lashed to two raised ribs; the upper with minor damage the lower intact but broken and can be glued. On a custom base.

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An Oksipmin war shield; Mountain Ok

Lot 30: An Oksipmin war shield; Mountain Ok

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Description: Of classical form, the large shield boldly decorated with classical linear and geometric motifs; pigments largely intact in red, white, and black. Fine old example, retaining the handle made from woven vine. On a custom base.

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An Oksipmin war shield; Mountain Ok

Lot 31: An Oksipmin war shield; Mountain Ok

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Description: Of classical form, the large shield boldly decorated with classical linear and geometric motifs; pigments largely intact in red, white, and black. Fine old example, retaining the handle made from woven vine. On a custom base.

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A Lani spirit board

Lot 32: A Lani spirit board

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Description: Of classical form with shallow incised design in hourglass shape with radiating lines and alternating red, black, and white pigmentation. A fine and rare example. On a custom base.

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An Asmat figural group

Lot 33: An Asmat figural group

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Description: Depicting a standing male figure with female figure kneeling before him, apparently with sexual intent. Heavily pigmented white with red and black highlights. On a custom base.

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An Anthropomorphic Asmat head-hunter's trumpet

Lot 34: An Anthropomorphic Asmat head-hunter's trumpet

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Description: Of characteristic form, the bamboo trumpet with classical Asmat designs in high relief above a pair of stylized legs. Fine patina. On a custom base.

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A Mimika (Komoro) Yamate board

Lot 35: A Mimika (Komoro) Yamate board

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Description: The board in classical style with four fields of geometric designs around circles, the plank surmounted by a frieze of two figures facing one another - extremely unusual in Mimika art. Fine old surface. On a custom mount.

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A Fine Fijian throwing club

Lot 36: A Fine Fijian throwing club

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Description: A fine Fijian throwing club with fluted head, and long handle; the grip incised with typical zig-zag pattern. Fine old patina and signs of age.

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A fine Maori tiki

Lot 37: A fine Maori tiki

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Description: Of classical form, the figure with head turned to left, typical treatment of arms and legs forming a secondary face in the openwork; the eyes with remains of a black residue, probably once a binding agent for shell inlay; perforated at the top and drilled from either side. Lightly rubbed from extended use, though no evidence of machine polishing. Fine dark variegated serpentinite; moderately translucent at the edges.

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A wonderful 'dancing' Bulul figure

Lot 38: A wonderful 'dancing' Bulul figure

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Description: The figure standing on a classical base with knees bent and arms outstretched. The figure with attenuated facial plane, and beautifully proportioned body. The arms socket into place as is correct for the type. Fine encrusted patina. On a custom base.

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A Mezcala figurine

Lot 39: A Mezcala figurine

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Description: Of classical form, the figure probably cut from an earlier stone celt, with heavy brow, wedge shaped nose and simple mouth, the arms indicated about the chest; simple line indicating legs and hips. Damage to proper left side of head. On a custom base.

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A Mayan skull tenon

Lot 40: A Mayan skull tenon

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Description: The tenon of hard stone, the end which would have protruded from a wall, carved as a human skull. Excellent patination commensurate with age. On a custom base.

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A Mayan stone head

Lot 41: A Mayan stone head

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Description: Beautifully carved out of a heavy gray stone, the face with rounded bulging cheeks, heavily lidded eyes and a mouth with down-turned edges. The coif in small lobes to the reverse. Traces of reddish pigment in places. On a custom base.

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A Superb pair of Mayan Jade plaques representing the jester-god.

Lot 42: A Superb pair of Mayan Jade plaques representing the jester-god.

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Description: El Peten, The flat finely carved ornaments worked on both sides similarly, each depicting the Jester God, identified by his three pointed crown of scrollwork, with pronounced nose and circular drilled drilled eyes, pierced in various places for likely suspension to a high status garment or ceremonial textile. Minor damages and restoration as evidenced in the photos.

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A rare Mixtec two-part figure of Xipe Totec

Lot 43: A rare Mixtec two-part figure of Xipe Totec

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Description: Depicting the god Xipe Totec, in two hollow sections joined at the waist, the deity shown wearing flayed human skin, covered in raised nodules, and sewn up the back, wearing ankle bands and sandals with decorative loops, the hands held to front, the head with vacant eyes, large flat ears pierced to represent spools, a flat domed cap, with remains of red, orange, and black pigments, with some areas of restoration. On a custom base. Parsons notes of this piece, "Only a half dozen two-part oversized Xipe sculptures are known...although the pigment is eroded it can be seen that the flayed skin had been entirely orange while the priest's own skin was painted red."

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A feathered false head for a mummy bundle

Lot 44: A feathered false head for a mummy bundle

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Description: Consisting of plain weave white cotton, cloth backing fully sewn with rows of multi-colored feathers and stuffed to depict a human face, on an orange ground with concentric circular white eyes and mouth with teeth and large blue nose protruding down center. The top of the head with several layers of dyed red cloth wrapped with a cotton band also fully covered with feathers in geometric patterns. A small avian bone attached to the reverse. On a custom base in lucite vitrine.

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A Dogon figurine

Lot 45: A Dogon figurine

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Description: Of characteristic minimalist form, the figure with simple features. the body carved with ribbon-like arms and the legs implied. Fine old patina and well worn. On a custom base.

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A Gimbala bronze necklace

Lot 46: A Gimbala bronze necklace

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Description: A strand of copper beads now heavily oxidized with areas of red crystallization and green verdigris; the necklace graded in size with two large ovoid beads at the bottom. On a custom base.

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A fine Dogon figure

Lot 47: A fine Dogon figure

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Description: The figure with hands raised to face, possibly relating to the Binu priest, with knop atop the head, classical "c" shaped ears, angular shoulders, and rounded buttocks, on an integral base. Remains of sacrificial encrustation, and fine aged patina. On a custom wood base.

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A Bamana Kore society mask

Lot 48: A Bamana Kore society mask

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Description: Possibly depicting a Hyena, the mask with large rounded brow and rising ears with concave facial planes and small mouth. The old surface with modern dots applied of blue and white with red. Fine old example on a custom base.

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A Bamana Kore Society mask

Lot 49: A Bamana Kore Society mask

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Description: Probably depicting a horse, the mask with large rising ears, and rounded forehead, the eyes as square cut-outs, the facial plane long and forming the upper lip. Pierced attachments of modern beads through the perimeter and nose. On a custom base.

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A Bamana Kono society mask

Lot 50: A Bamana Kono society mask

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Description: The zoomorphic mask once heavily encrusted with attached materials now stripped to the form of the mask itself; the mask with rounded head, and long snout, pierced with areas of encrustation. On a custom base.

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