Masks have been a part of the Central American culture for several thousand years. Used in ceremonies, festivals, and dances, they depicted animals, demons, fantasy characters, and ordinary people. This ceremonial mask, probably from the area around Oaxaca, Mexico, is carved from what appears to be thick, smooth bark. It depicts a man’s face, painted orange, with a fawn on his head and snakes down each side of his face. There is a lot of detail on the fawn’s face and head. Peep holes are cut above the man’s eyes that look more like a part of his furrowed brow; they’re kind of hard to detect. Measuring 12 5/8” tall, 6” wide and 4 ½” deep, this mask has seen lots of use; there is chipped paint and a few scrapes, but that adds so much to the folk art charm of the piece.
This would be a fabulous decorative piece or addition to your Mexican folk art collection. Please contact us if you have any questions. Please look at the photos closely, they are part of the description of the item. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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Old Hand Carved Mexican Ceremonial Mask