Pascola or old man of the dance takes the part of many animals. This mask represent a tiger or el Tigre...or a lion or puma but the Yaqui Pascola can portray many types of animals that are native to Arizona or Mexico. The masks that the Yaqui wear during their ceremonies transmit their history and beliefs. They have always been an import part of life for Yoeme/Yaqui Indians. They pass their legends from generation to generation orally as the Yaqui or Yoeme, as they call themselves, have no written language.
This mask has evidently been repaired or it has a flaw in the wood. As you can see in my pictures, of both front and back, their is a flaw on the side that runs from the ear to the jaw. It may have been repaired as it no longer hangs from the original holes on the side of the mask but hangs from twine that is strung through the teeth. I purchased this mask from the estate of a person who collected masks so I have received it as you see it.
The measurements are 8" tall by 7" wide and extends approximately 6.5" from the wall while hanging. This mask was made to wear on the front of the face as Pascola wears the mask on his face when he represents animals and on the side or back of his head when he is representing a human.
This is a stunning item for modern decor and would look great on the wall in your great room!