- Feb 5, 2013
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
Can anyone help with information on this mask? Very light wood
So many countries have masks, Asia, North, Central and South America, Europe etc. One would need to nail down images on the mask, maybe determine the type of wood, etc to help nail down a region.
This only a guess.
I didn’t recognise it as anything from Africa. I could believe parts of Asia, and certainly Indonesia but didn’t recognise it as anything traditional. What I thought at first might be an elephantine trunk is, I’m pretty sure, meant to be snake-like and I talked myself into believing those black decorations at the very end resemble the rattle of a rattkesnake. If that’s the case, it could only be from the Americas since rattlesnakes aren’t native to anywhere else. I believe it may be a Mexican dance/carnival mask.
Dance/carnival masks can have such a diverse set of possibilities that you may never find an exact match but in Mexico one popular character is “El Feo” (the “ugly one”). The feos acted as 'jesters' within the dance group to provide comic relief for the audience and wore hideous masks, sometimes with an absurdly elongated nose like this:
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Sometimes the phallic nose is represented as a snake, like this one which has eyes and mouth at the end:
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The pictures are from Bryan Stevens on the ‘mexicandancemasks.com’ website and are of masks from Paso Ancho in Mexico.