False Faces

Some children call it "the dead zoo." Last week kids—and adults—saw a host of disembodied faces keeping company with its stuffed animals. In a dark hall of Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History, beneath the mottled, 76-ft. belly of a sulphur-bottom whale, the Museum had assembled and spotlighted some 200 masks from all over the world.

One of man's first great advantages over the gorilla had been his imagination, and by art he forged that imagination into palpable weapons. Primitive people imagined that if they could get away with pretending to be gorilla-spirits,...

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