Featured Mexican Devil Mask

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by bosko69, Sep 17, 2023.

  1. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Here's a piece picked for $12.I'm guessing it's a Mexican Diablo mask from Guerrero.11" high,11 1/4" wide,5 1/2" deep.
  2. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing that you guessed correctly
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  3. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    It could actually be from Guatemala. Those distinctive upper and lower eyelashes are commonly a feature of masks from there.
  4. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback.I'll def study some Guatemalan 'Diablos'.
  5. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Looks like you're ready for Halloween.
  6. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I've always wanted to go somewhere where Dia Del Muerto's done right-authentic costumes,the whole nine yards.
  7. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member

    Here is a nice piece I found - carved 33x10 inches, circa 1950s-60s. it has eye cut outs like a mask, but it's really no mask at this size. The symbolism has links with pre-Columbian religions. Elements of these symbols have become part of Mexican Catholicism. The top figure is chupacabra, the mythical vampire bat/goatsucker. The devil central figure has a bat on the lower part of his face. Bat demons and bat Gods feature in many ancient Mexican religions. The Cristiano (Spaniard) with the two snakes has a special meaning as well. Serpents are an important part of Mexican culture. This really scares the kids on Halloween which is why I always out it out with proper lighting. 138287566_1591423327710936_5155772441898958793_n (2).jpg
  8. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    That's a beautiful piece Drew-well carved.Some of the modeling reminds me of the Colonial era workmanship.
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