This vintage figural dance mask is circa 1960s to 70s and features the face--male or female?--with authentic lapis lazuli earrings. I initially thought this was a male figure with sideburns, but the earrings and red lips and long eyelashes may suggest female, and maybe those are curls and not sideburns. In any event, is a wonderful piece, whimsical and special for the earrings. This came to me from a dealer specializing in Latin American art. He believed it was from a Oaxaca carver, although it could be the state of Guererro. Dance masks in Latin America have been used for centuries in parades and rituals depicting the story of the Conquest in the New World--and so the faces depict the various characters in those dances, such as the Spaniards, Moors, religious characters, indigenous peoples, animals, etc. This piece is not terribly old and most likely was not danced but rather made as a decorative piece to hang on the wall.
The mask measures about 7-1/4" tall by 7-1/4" across. Weighs about ten ounces unpacked. In good condition overall.
Uncommon folk art.
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