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Latin America, Mexico, Guanajuato, Mestizo or a relatively short distance away in Chimatitlan, Jalisco as described on old inventory tag, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved and hand-painted wooden festival mask that resembles traditional hermit masks for the Pastorela drama with its wrinkled white complexion, wispy mustache and long beard made of natural fiber, and open downturned mouth revealing a few craggy teeth. His visage is further detailed with large openwork almond-shaped eyes lined by blue painted short lashes, eyebrows made of natural fiber or hair, a very pronounced curved nose, and ruby red cheek marks. A wonderful example! Size: 8.25" H (21 cm); 11.75" H (29.8 cm) on included custom stand.

See a similar example in "Tigers, Devils, and the Dance of Life: Masks of Mexico" by Barbara Mauldin (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1999), p. 90)

Provenance: private Eason Eige collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Expected surface wear with paint losses, nicks, and abraded areas as shown. A few tiny perforations to the face possibly for former attachments. Perforations to top and sides for suspension/attachment. Old inventory label attached suggests that this mask depicts Sabario who fought the Moors and was created in Chimatitlan, Jalisco; however, to our eyes the piece appears to be a hermit mask similar to those traditionally created in Guanajuato.

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Early 20th C. Mexican Wood Mask - Pastorela Hermit

Estimate $600 - $900Mar 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA