This vintage tin mask hails from Taxco, a Mexican city known as a center of famed silversmiths, but it also in the mid 20th century became known for tin masks that were made for tourists coming to the city. This tin mask has a headdress, so it is a warrior, or represents an indigenous figural in typical celebrations. Tin work is one of the least known of Mexican folk arts, even though it has been produced since the 16th Century. This mask is constructed from a number of typical elements, including the applied features such as the ears and dangling earring, a nose ring that moves, and headdress. This mask also has glass marbles for eyes. The mouth has cut-outs to represent teeth, and the eyelashes and are cut and curled. On the back there is a strip of tin to hang the mask on a wall. Tinsmiths scribe straight or curved lines and use steel stamps to make designs, such as the sections of the headdress representing feathers. Often these masks are missing many parts due to age and delicacy of the thin tin yet this mask is in relatively good condition. Yes, it has dents and there may be an element here or there that is missing, but it is in better condition than most that I have collected. And metal masks are one of the most collectible forms of Mexican "hojalata" in my neck of the woods, as people like to hang them on a gallery wall with other folk art. The unpainted tin reflects light beautifully. This mask is circa late 1950s to 1960s.
Measures about 17" tall by 10-5/8" wide, and extends about 3" from the wall, at the nose. Very light, and will be reinforced for shipping. Again, in decent condition given the age and material.
Great large piece from the past.
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