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Donated By: Artemis Gallery

Guadalupe Vadon, Latin America, Mexico, Rio Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mayo Indians, ca. 1970 CE. This mask was hand-carved in high relief by Mayo Indian artist Guadalupe Vadon in the Apache style, danced for only one season, and collected in 1980. A polychromed wood pascola mask painted in hues of red, white, yellow, and green on a black face surrounded by a headdress adorned with a white outlined red cross at the top with two yellow and red arrows pointing toward it with additional yellow and white detailing, all against a pink ground. Strands of black hair are attached through perforations for additional detail and interest when moved about during ritual dances. The pascola is one of the personages that stands out most as a dancer, leader orator, and community clown in religious festivities and ceremonies. The term pascola may derive from the Spanish term pascua and relate to the Catholic ceremony of the Pascua de Resurreccion (Lent). It may also derive from the word pahko’ola, a pre-hispanic Cahita word which literally translates as “the old man of the ceremony." The dances and music performed by the pascolas indicates the wonderfully rich blend of European Catholic and indigenous traditions in this part of the world. Wired for suspension. Cord for wearing. Size: 5.25" W x 7" H (13.3 cm x 17.8 cm).

Provenance: Ex-Historia Antiques, James Caswell, Santa Monica, CA.

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Mexican Mayo Indian Pascola Mask by Guadalupe Vadon

Estimate $200 - $300Oct 5, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA