I love it when a mannequin has an expression or an attitude of some sort. Much preferred than the vacant stares that they tend to have. This one is quite expressive. Almost "Twilight Zone-ish", I dare say.
Masks. They've been with us for a long time, haven't they? I know this one is pretty intriguing. Wonder what it was for and why such a restful face. Maybe it was a funerary mask (used in burials?). This mask is in a funky antique store in Taos, NM. Wikipedia has a very long section in regards to the meaning, history, etymology, culture, etc. Give it a visit if you feel so inclined.
Here's a monkey mask for you too (this one is at the International Folk Museum in Santa Fe):
I have a lot of mask images. I find them fascinating and in our neck of the woods, you only see them in museums.
Mastadon. The animal. Apparently there is a band by the same name. Who knew. Here's how Wikipedia describes them:
"While mastodons had a size and appearance similar to elephants and mammoths, they were not particularly closely related. Their teeth differ dramatically from those of members of the elephant family; they had blunt, conical, nipple-like projections on the crowns of their molars, which were more suited to chewing leaves than the high-crowned teeth mammoths used for grazing; the name mastodon (or mastodont) means "nipple teeth" and is also an obsolete name for their genus. Their skulls are larger and flatter than those of mammoths, while their skeleton is stockier and more robust."
Not a wooly mammoth, but a mastodon. Well, at least it's a mammal! And, a monumental one at that!
I suppose this is enough mayhem for one day.