Jerry Solomon
Conquistador Mask

A Guatemalan conquistador mask in a very rare depiction. The long thin acquiline nose, long thin chin and haircut beautifully parted with long precise sideburns obviously represents a European. The features of this mask could easily be seen in a Guatemalan photograph of the third quarter of the 19th century. Though used by Guatemalan Indians in their own dances, the contemporary depication (19th century) makes this colonial mask very interesting. The quality of the carving and patina are exhibited in this hard wood mask.

Guatemala. 19th century. H: 9".


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