Wooden face mask in shape of monkey/ape

Contributed by Mark

Wooden face mask in shape of monkey/ape

My son found this mask in the mud of the Thames near Wolvercote. We have been tyring to find any information about its origins. To me the mask looks very old and has been preserved well in the mud. On one side an ear is clearly defined. This object is about 10inches high and is carved both on the inside as well as the obvious external features. We have done extensive internet searches and haven't seen anything that closely resembles this piece.
At the moment I have stored under water but unless I can find out something about it I'm not too sure what I can do to preserve it fully.
Any advice or help would be much appreciated.

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