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Lucha Libre Bank Collection

A wonderful collection of masked luchadores (wrestlers) in the form of banks - a popular prize item formerly given at fairs here in Mexico. Hand painted on cast plaster, these masks are considered sacred to the men who wear them and it is a dishonor to be unmasked in the ring, Falling into 2 categories representing good and evil, as in ‘tecnicos’ (aztec warriors, saints and superheroes) and ‘rudos’ (corrupt politicians, crooked police officers and drug dealers) the wrestlers elicit great respect, not to mention awe for their athletic and acrobatic ability. The true identity of the wrestler is never exposed and some wrestlers pass their identity on as did El Santo, the most legendary figure in the history of Mexican Wrestling, who was buried still wearing his mask.

A wonderful collection of masked luchadores (wrestlers) in the form of banks - a popular prize item formerly given at fairs here in Mexico. Hand painted on cast plaster, these masks are considered sacred to the men who wear them and it is a dishonor to be unmasked in the ring, Falling into 2 categories representing good and evil, as in ‘tecnicos’ (aztec warriors, saints and superheroes) and ‘rudos’ (corrupt politicians, crooked police officers and drug dealers) the wrestlers elicit great respect, not to mention awe for their athletic and acrobatic ability. The true identity of the wrestler is never exposed and some wrestlers pass their identity on as did El Santo, the most legendary figure in the history of Mexican Wrestling, who was buried still wearing his mask.

Lucha Libre Bank Collection

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COUNTRY: Mexico
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1960s-1990s
MATERIALS: Plaster, paint
CONDITION: Good. Most have wonderful patina. Only a few have slight paint loss. .
HEIGHT: 6 in. (15 cm)
WIDTH: 5.5 in. (14 cm)
DEPTH: 7 in. (18 cm)
DEALER LOCATION: Mexico City, Mexico
NUMBER OF ITEMS: 30
REFERENCE NUMBER: LU9134829323

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Dora Caza
Amsterdam 43. PHColonia Condesa Cuauhtemoc Mexico City, DF 6100 Mexico 011-521-55-4537-1252
Dealer Reference Number: 0178
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