Mask of Hayama
Obviously African in origin, this polished brownblack mask is made of strange, porous wood; it feels light in one’s hand. The lines are smooth and curved; the mask has enormous, raised circular eyes that cast deep shadows and a small mouth mounted with little white teeth at irregular angles. There are no ears but the nose is thick and angular. Curving spirals have been lightly carved all over the surface of the face, interrupted only by raised spots that represent sores or blemishes. The bottom edges are rough and broken and once this mask had something attached there (apparently a tangled straw mane), but that rotted or was torn away long ago. The two eyeholes are small and hidden away in the base of the mask’s great sockets.