Antique Mexican Large Wood Mask Face-Animals, Hand Made/Painted
- Very large Antique Hanging Decorative Wood Mask Faces from Mexico.
- 17" height.
- 6 1/2" wide.
- 5 1/4" Deep
- The antique mask was found in an antique store in Mexico City.
- This is a very rare antique 19th century hand carved wooden Mexican ceremonial dance mask.
- The mask was hand carved in one piece and hand painted by hand.
- It is worn by the weather and years.
- The artisan carved a jaguar, a snake, a lizard and a mask of a Spanish man.
- This is a large unique and a wonderful piece of Mexican folk art.
- Gorgeous for your home, as a gift or an office.
- Mexican mask-folk art refers to the making and use of masks for various traditional dances and ceremony in Mexico. Evidence of mask making in the country extends for thousands of years and was a well-established part of ritual life in Mexico when the Spanish arrived. In the early colonial period, evangelists took advantage of native customs of dance and mask to teach the Catholic faith although later, colonial authorities tried to ban both unsuccessfully.
- After Independence, mask and dance traditions showed a cretinism and mask traditions have continued to evolve into new forms, depicting Mexico’s history and newer forms of popular culture such as lucha libre. Most traditional masks are made of wood, with others made from leather, wax, cardboard, paper mache and other materials. Common depictions in masks include Europeans (Spanish, French, hacienda owners, etc.), Afro-Mexicans old men and women, animals, and the fantastic/supernatural, especially demons/the Devil.
- Great for collectors of Mexican masks or for anyone that likes masks.