This vintage wood-carved wall hanging with is a dance mask from Guatemala, likely depicting a Spanish man with black mustache and blue eyes. The eyes are made of glass, and the blue color is very pale. This form of folk art in the Americas dates to Spanish entry into the "New World," and many of the indigenous cultures in various countries have for centuries addressed the invasion of Christian (and thus Spanish) cultures and beliefs. This particular mask could be part of a parade and dance that would depict Spaniards and Christianity and Moors (given the influence of Morocco on Southern Spain), called "Moros y Cristianos," or Moors and Christians. Glass-eyed masks are special, as they are harder to find today.
The piece measures about 8" tall by 6-1/2" across and about 4" deep. Weighs about one pound unpacked. The piece hund on a covered patio for decades, and the paint is faded and wood dry and with some cracks. But overall in stable condition.
Unique piece of folk art.
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