Early 19th century hand carved wooden mask of Jesus. Likely the earliest Mexican mask I have ever been privileged to own. This mask is likely an early example Of the Dance of the Moors and the Christians represents a battle and the Tenochtli Dance is based on the battle between the Spanish and the Indians of Mexico City (Tenochtitlan) at the time of the Conquest. The mask measures 10’ inches tall and 6’ inches wide and is carved out of one piece of wood. Only known similar examples are all found in museums and all date from the 19th century. References: Mexican Masks, by Donald Cordry, 1980 Masks of Mexico, by Barbara Mauldin, 1999 Mexican Masks From the Southwest Museum Collection, Los Angeles, CA, Vol 62, Numbers 2 & 3 Summer/Fall 1988 Behind the Mask in Mexico, by Janet Brody Esser, 1988
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