This vintage wood-carved wall hanging with is a dance mask from Guatemala, depicting a jaguar or "tigre" (in Spanish it refers to "jaguar"). It is hard to tell what color this mask started out as, due to fading, and one side is especially faded as if it was exposed more to the sun. Most tigre masks are a combination of yellow and red, and that is likely the same combo dominating this mask, so now I think of the faded colors as almost pinkish-yellow. Tigre masks are one of the most collected, given the status of the animal and the use of jaguar masks in dances across many different ethnic groups throughout Central America and Mexico, including el danza de los Tlacololeros, the danza de los Tecuanis or Tecuanes, la danza del Tigre y los Tlaminques, and others. Given that this mask hung outside for decades, there are some spots where the wood has slight cracking. Glass-eyed masks are special, as they are harder to find today.
The piece measures about 9" tall by 6-5/8" across and about 3-3/4" deep. Weighs a little over one pound unpacked. Again, the piece hung on a covered patio for decades, and the paint is faded and wood dry and with some cracks.
Unique piece of folk art.
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