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    This rare Guatemalan dance mask has the initials MC carved in the back. Miguel Chuc, well-known mask maker from the legendary moreria (mask workshop) in Totonicapan, died in 1944. Representing a key character from the Conquest dance of El Quiche Province in the Guatemalan highlands, this unique piece is delicately painted by hand and has glass eyes.
    731,960
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  • Español/Conquistador 1
    739,960
    Price On Request
  • SOLD
    791,960
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  • Ajitz/Shaman from the Guatemalan Dance of the Conquest
    This rare antique Guatemalan dance mask represents the Ajitz, an important Mayan shaman priest-diviner. His red color symbolizes death and rebirth. As he was said to predict the arrival of the Spaniards and the bloody defeat of the Quiche Maya during the Conquest, this character plays a crucial role in the Conquest dance drama. This unique mask was collected in Guatemala's western highlands.
    674,960
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  • Español with Blue Eyes 2
    582,960
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  • Red Cheeked Español
    720,960
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  • Hombre or Ajitz
    694,960
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  • Dark-Faced Español, El Quiche
    740,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo 1 (with leather ears)
    1019,960
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  • Diablo 2 (red-black)
    703,960
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  • Diablo 3
    565,960
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  • Diablo 4, El Quiche
    981,633
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  • Diablo 5
    833,960
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  • Tigre 1
    836,960
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  • Tigre 2
    831,960
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  • Diablo 6 (black)
    577,960
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  • Diablo 7 (red)
    669,960
    Price On Request
  • Cacique Mask from the Dance of the Conquest
    The Cacique (Maya/Indian warrior) is a key character in one of the most important masked dances which re-enacts the epic battle of the Conquest and dramatic defeat of the Quiche Maya. He represents a dark-skinned (indigenous) person of important political authority and social rank that was crucial to defending the Quiche Indian sovereignty against the Spaniards.
    616,960
    Price On Request
  • Español/Conquistador 2
    663,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo 6 (with real teeth)
    862,960
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  • Mono Negro/Black Monkey
    637,960
    Price On Request
  • Hombre y Mujer
    1077,730
    Price On Request
  • Torito 1
    1030,763
    Price On Request
  • Torito 2 Nahuala
    745,960
    Price On Request
  • Tigre 3
    715,960
    Price On Request
  • Hombre/Viejo
    659,960
    Price On Request
  • Español/Conquistador 3
    738,960
    Price On Request
  • Perro/Dog
    1024,808
    Price On Request
  • El Patron y La Patrona
    1084,725
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (1)
    966,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (2)
    1025,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (3)
    1004,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (4)
    643,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (5)
    1125,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (6)
    914,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (7)
    674,960
    Price On Request
  • Diablo, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (8)
    1131,960
    Price On Request
  • Español, Coban, Alta Verapaz, ca. 1960's (9)
    405,960
    Price On Request
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Guatemalan Dance Masks

 

In the rural areas and villages of indigenous Guatemala, masks have long been an integral part of life, binding past and present with tradition, ritual and ceremony. For many generations, folk artists of Maya descent have skillfully carved elaborate masks from different woods, painted in various colors, to be used in choreographed dance dramas. The most apparent quality of Guatemalan masks is their diversity.  Although the regional centers from which they originate may be only a few miles apart, the masks are unique and distinct.

For more on Guatemalan masks, please read Mariposa Art's blog post

The over 50 masks in our collection date mostly from the early part of the 20th century. Please ask us about other masks not shown here. 

More information and pricing: be.echols@gmail.com

  

 

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