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Meerkat Mask by merimask Meerkat Mask by merimask
I'm not sure of the plural for meerkat. Is it meerkat-meerkats, like cat-cats? Or is it just meerkat, like sheep or deer. Maybe it's like goose-geese...so, meerkeet! Now I'm just being silly. :dummy:

Anyway...the meerkat! They have these funny little faces; wide flat heads but sharp pointy muzzles. Yet, in almost every picture I've seen they stare haughtily down their noses, so their longish snouts are hard to discern. I had to find some pictures from the side to get a good idea of the dimensions of a meerkat head. Hard to do, 'cause they're such busy, alert little things that they are ALWAYS staring at the camera, it seems.

So really, the correct way to wear this mask is to stand up on your toes, lift your chin and stare haughtily down your nose at everyone. Funny little critters.

As ever, this is hand carved and hand shaped from one piece of 8oz leather, and painted with Liquitex acrylics.

This was a commission, but of course since it's a brand new design I had to make two, so "Meerkat #2" is in my Etsy shop today. [link]
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Gabyss06 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
love meerkats, therefore, i love this mask!
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Fox-xx Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That makes two of us! :D
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha, this is so cute! Meerkats are such silly little critters, gotta love them. This one's a great representation, I'm afraid the wearer will have to be somewhat skittish though. :B
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, meerkeet. xD Adorable mask!
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely meerkats. And babies are kits!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
N'awwww! Meerkats(?) are adorable, and I agree. I don't think I ever have seen a picture of a meerkat that wasn't staring at the camera. :XD:
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They sure are busy little fellows. :-) Cute!
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I've seen them at the zoo and they do stare at the camera! Any camera, as soon as it's held up, they stare at it. Everybody wandered off and it was just me and my mom, no camera, the meerkat wandered off too :XD:
Some seriously awesome fur work on that mask!
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are really smart, curious critters, so I guess they just like to pay attention to whatever is paying attention to them. :-)
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ihni Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I like the word meerkeet. I'm gonna pretend that's a real word, and use it from now and on. :p
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