Early 20th century wooden, danced, ethnographic mask! Character is a “El Negrito”. Hails from Cuetzalan, Puebla Mexico – a small, rural, sleepy town steeped in tradition. Natural, black pigments, primarily made of charcoal, patina on the reverse, carved for the wearer’s comfort. Anthropologically-significant & desirable folk art. Barbara Mauldin, Masks of Mexico. Museum of New Mexico Press, 1999, pp. University of Texas, 1980, p. 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) high x 6.25 inches wide (16 cm) x 3.5 inches deep (9 cm). Many other masks from my collection are currently up for sale. The item “Antique, Danced, Ethnographic, Wooden Mask, Cuetzalan, Puebla Mexico EL NEGRTIO” is in sale since Monday, October 26, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Latin American\Mexico\Masks”. The seller is “maskmonger” and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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- Country/Region of Manufacture: Mexico
One of a kind. 33 1/2 inches tall (that’s just a few inches shy of 3 feet) x 15 inches wide. Before the competition of today’s modern USP and Fed-Ex… This was a beloved piece to make the journey. Highly expressive, the mustache(s) look like the angry arms of an octopus that wants to pull things in towards its mouth. My research suggests that hails from the middle hills region of Nepal. This is an object which floats in the space between the seen and unseen world.. The hard, living conditions of this region (especially back at the turn of the century) were unforgiving. These types of “shield masks” that were never intended to be held, worn or otherwise were strategically placed to protect the family house, water springs, bridges, and other strategic points in the life around the local community by the local shamans. This mountain region tends to be inhabited by different ethnic groups and is a melting pot that would include influences of nearby cultures including Indians (India), but is prevalently Buddhist. Knowing the true difficulties of properly saving, storing, and cherishing an artifact like this one, i have opted to attach a tasteful copper wire on the reverse (easily bent into shape) and two galvanized hammer-tacks. Check out my other items. The item “Extra-Large! Authentic Antique Nepalese/Nepal Middle Hills Wooden Shamans Mask” is in sale since Thursday, March 14, 2013. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Nepalese & Tibetan”. The seller is “maskmonger” and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped to United States.
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- Country of Manufacture: Nepal
Lovely used ethnographic mask from the Island of Java (Javanese) Indonesia. More precisely this is from Lombok (an Indonesian island like Bali, but less touristed). It may also be from. A 1-day (24hr/950km) car ride, or a 2.45 hr air plane trip separates these two regions. While there are fine examples of both art and tourist items coming from this part of the world, this one is authentic. Notice the deep rich patina around the chin line. A lessor example can see on the forehead. Holes where the original straps once were are well worn. The bell-curve eye brows are indicative of the region. Multiple layers of paint suggesting this piece was used for several years of annual dance. The carver of this mask was exceptionally skilled. The mask appears to be poking fun at European features i. Give this big/long nose, the character is likely a: Buffoon, Clown or Servant character. An exceedingly rare, antique, ethnographic item! Approximately 5″ (with nose) X 7″ X 9 1/2. Several of my other masks from my collection are for sale. The item “Antique, Ethnographic, Danced Wooden Mask, Lombok Java Indonesia, Topeng Dance” is in sale since Monday, October 26, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Indonesian”. The seller is “maskmonger” and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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- Country/Region of Manufacture: Indonesia