Wood Hanging Aztec Warrior Mask w Milagros Mexican Folk Art Hand Tooled Large
Wood Aztec Mask with Milagros From Mexico.
- Tall/Height- 13 3/4"
- Wide- 9 1/2"
- Deep- 5"
- The mask were made by Master craftsman Jose Manuel Mejia.
- He has received many awards and has been recognized by the Mexican government as a master craftsman.
- Mr Mejia lives in Toquaro, Michoacan, Mexico.
- All his masks are hand tooled and hand painted.
- Each Milagro/charm is individually then hammered into the wood mask.
- These masks were originally made for traditional dances.
- 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.