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Not sure about the empty shelves, unless the tower of masks never got completed either? I would like to note that the masks come from different cultures (and language groups), recalling the "babble" of humans unable to communicate with one another. On the left, I see a Japanese ivory noh mask, an Aztec turquoise mask, and a wooden, possibly Kwakiutl, mask. On the right, the middle one looks like an ancient Greek mask of Dionysius, and the bottom is a golden Inca statuette. These had various uses--in drama, potlatch ceremonies, etc., but the point is that they are false presentations for scripted ceremonial, not spontaneous, use. They are representations we make to ourselves, not reality; yet we risk coming to believe that our masks are our own faces.
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