Very large Antique Hanging Decorative Wood Mask Face from Mexico. The vintage mask belonged to a lady who traveled throughout Mexico in the 60’s- 1970’s. This is a vintage wooden Mexican ceremonial dance mask. The mask was hand carved from one piece of wood and hand painted by hand. The colors are still vivid. The artisan carved a. Two lizards and an. With a mans head in its mouth. These masks and sculptures were used as part of traditional dance ceremonies used to pray for fertility, farming, and protection of the community, a tradition extending back thousands of years and a well-established part of ritual life in Mexico when the Spanish arrived. Performances typically took place on saints’ feast days, Carnival, and civic holidays, with dances, parades, and mock battles. Themes include Christians and Moors, Cortes and Spanish soldiers vs. Aztecs and other indigenous groups, priests, angels, devils, wild animals, mermaids, fishing, and agriculture. Notable dances include the Tres Potencias (Three Powers), Siete Vicios (Seven Vices), and Los Ocho Locos (The Eight Fools), which grew out of morality plays introduced by Spanish missionaries, where a war between good and evil is acted out with masked characters. This is a large unique and a wonderful piece of Mexican folk art. Gorgeous for your home, as a gift or an office. The item “Vntg 70’s Mexican Wood Hanging Mask Folk Art Hand Made/Painted Collectible Huge” is in sale since Monday, April 15, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Latin American\Mexico\Masks”. The seller is “laurabruce2″ and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Mexico
- Provenance: Ownership History Available