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KANEKO’S CRIB NOTES XLII: MASK-TEMA

Today’s crib is a short one, but it’s a face (or mask) you’re sure to remember: Mastema, adversarial Satan analogue and generally seedy customer. 

The inspiration behind Mastema’s ornate face guard appears to be a form of mask common to the burqa styles of the Minab region of Iran. His lacks the striking red palette commonly featured in such pieces, but the form and details are otherwise a 1:1 match, right down to the protruding fold that divides the eyes. It’s an ideal fashion accessory for a mysterious and shifty character like Mastema, and makes for an arresting visual, too.

Image source: Elena Senao, flickr (from 2007!)