This vintage wood-carved Mexican mask hails from Guerrero, Mexico, and is a popular form of Nahua folk art. Nahua masks tend to poke fun at the rituals and revered objects brought to the region by the Spaniards. Hence, you will see angels depicted with fat, chubby cheeks. In this case we have a goofy looking man with an earnest smile. A mask like this may have been used for a centuries-old parade and dance carried out throughout Latin America, associated with the 15th Century conquest of the region. Called "Moros y Cristianos," or "Moors and Christians," the dance is performed by indigenous peoples who wore (and the ritual still happens in modern time) the masks. Again, some academics believe the dance mocks the Spanish; hence, the dramatic expressions. This mask of this man with thin mustache and silly-looking grin and cleft chin--all would have been a caricature of a Spaniard. Hang on the wall for a whimsical and uncommon decor.
The mask measures about 8" tall by 7" across. Some areas where the paint has chipped, but in overall good condition.
Absolutely charming piece of folk art.
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