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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