Saturday, April 7, 2012

Over-the-top tiki mask


A carved wood creation that because of its creative paint decoration is better than kitsch. Tiki masks originated in Polynesia but quickly spread to other places where spirituality is important, such as bars in Florida and elsewhere. They depict gods or mythical figures. I believe this is the god of fruity drinks with small umbrellas. It might be as early as the 1920s judging from the wear.

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