Handmade Yoeme/Yaqui Pascola Spirit Mask made in Tucson. Pascola translates to "Old Man of the Ceremony" and often takes the image of a coyote, goat or other animal along with human images. The mask is hand carved out of a native cottonwood tree wood, hand painted with acrylic paint and adorned with horsehair. The Yaqui usually cut the eyebrows on their masks short. The Yaqui Indians come from Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona, and this particular mask comes from Tucson. It was made to be worn on the side or back of the head and not on the face. When the Pascola was dancing representing an animal the mask was not worn on the face. I bought the mask from the estate of a collector in Tucson.
The mask measures 10" long including the horsehair. The mask only portion measures 3 1/2" long2 1/2" wide and protrudes approximately 1 3/4" out from the wall at the tip of the snout. It is brightly and vividly painted and would be a wonderful decorative item for home or office!