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  • Diablo 6 (with animal teeth)
    828,960
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  • Diablo 4
    776,960
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  • Cacique
    764,960
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  • Red-Cheeked Español
    802,960
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  • SOLD
    791,960
    Sold
  • Diablo 2
    771,960
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  • Diablo 8
    678,960
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  • Negrito or Raton 2
    853,960
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  • Ajitz
    Ajitz is a shaman priest-diviner and important character in the mythology of the Guatemalan highland Maya. His red color symbolizes death and rebirth. He was said to predict the arrival of the Spaniards and the bloody defeat of the Quiche Maya of the western highlands during the Conquest. Ajitz is a central character in the Conquest dance drama (Baile des la Conquista)
    706,960
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  • Tigre 3
    837,960
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  • Negrito or Raton 1
    960,960
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  • Español 2 (blue eyes)
    827,960
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  • Mono Negro/Black Monkey
    798,960
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  • Torito 1
    864,960
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  • Español/Conquistador 1
    723,960
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  • Español/Conquistador 2
    883,960
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  • Diablo 3

    Diablos appear in dances in several areas of Guatemala, such as the Dance of the Legion of 24 Devils which is part of a Catholic ritual in various local communities.These masks are part of the iconographic system of teaching tools created as part of the transition towards Christianity after the Conquest. They incorporate themes, music, and dances of both the indigenous folklore of the Guatemalan peoples and the culture of the Catholic community. Each mask portrays a transgression or ‘sin’ that people may face in their everyday lives, such as lust or envy, and the dance portrays the consequences of such behavior.

    793,960
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  • Dark-Faced Español (Origin El Quiche)
    840,960
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  • SOLD
    809,960
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  • Torito 2
    811,960
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  • Diablo 5
    847,960
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  • Español/Conquistador 3
    809,960
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  • El Patron
    In the area of Nahuala, in El Quiche, Guatemala, the Patzcar dance is an important ritual. A central character is El Patron, a European who is the landowner or overseer, the hacienda “boss”. He and his wife, La Patrona, are represented by formal and distinctive masks. Those masks are usually painted but occasionally stained. Here is a classic Patrón mask, with swirling relief carved eyebrows.
    792,960
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  • Diablo 7
    784,960
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  • Tigre 1
    771,960
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  • Dog/Perro
    839,960
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  • Malinche
    865,960
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  • Devil Mask 10, Coban, 1940's
    995,960
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  • Hombre or Ajitz
    827,960
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  • La Patrona
    826,960
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  • Torito 3
    960,960
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  • Diablo 10
    781,960
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  • Black Mujer Mask
    884,960
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  • Tigre 2
    960,960
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  • Devil Mask 6, Coban, 1940's

    Traditional antique Guatemalan dance masks are well-known and documented and included in many public and private collections. They share many distinct criteria by which they can be identified and classified. However in the 1980’s we came across a very unique group of Guatemalan masks that were completely different from the “classic” art form, mostly in the form of rather bizarre devils. The family in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, who had them told us that they were all carved by the same local woodcarver some time in the 1940’s-50’s.

    849,960
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  • Devil Mask 2, Coban, 1940's
    944,960
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  • SOLD
    795,960
    Sold
  • SOLD
    851,960
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  • Devil Mask 5, Coban, 1940's
    868,960
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  • Devil Mask 3, Coban, 1940's
    834,960
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  • Coban Mask 9 (Cacique?)
    816,960
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  • Devil Mask 7, Coban, 1940's
    847,960
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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. Our collection includesd a large selection of authentic, museum-quality masks.


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