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My little Queen (she's about 5 inches tall) was inspired by a spectacular Asmat People's body mask from Southwest New Guinea on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The body mask is basically a mask/costume, probably about 4 to 5 feet tall, and this particular one has so much spirit (you can see it on the Met website).

Basically just her face is reminiscent of the body mask, the rest is all her own. The tiny silver colored beads I used for her head are vintage finds from the astounding Tinsel Trading Company. Her eyes are bits of shell, gifts from a friend. I didn't know she was a Queen until my daughter took one look at her and pronounced her so. An artist friend describes her as a Pineapple Queen because of the shape of her head. I keep thinking she looks like a Screaming Queen.

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