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 images like angels depicted with fat, chubby cheeks. Not everything is exaggerated, and in this case, we have a man who is only slightly exaggerated, with hook nose and thick black mustache and eyebrows. Originally, maks like these were 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 is circa 1990s, and while it has never been worn in a parade, it is a whimsical folk art piece for the wall.
The mask measures about 8-1/4" 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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