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.
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]