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1950s Catrin "Dandy" Mask, Tlaxcala, Mexico

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Catrin (Dandy) mask Nahua people, Tlaxcala, Mexico Wood, gesso, paint 1950s-1960s Measures: 7? (17.8 cm) high, 6.5? (16.5 cm) wide, 5? (12.7 cm) deep This mask is called the Catrin or Dandy and was danced as a form of ridicule of the wealthy Spaniards who colonized the region. It may well have been made by the hand of Carlos Reyes Acoltzi, of Tlatempan, Tlaxcala, as the back is painted with his typical blue-green paint, and there are remnants of the fabulous eyelashes and glass eyes that were manipulated by a string threaded through the hole in the chin. The mask sports a fancy mustache and beauty mark, rosy cheeks and dimples.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 7 in (17.78 cm)Width: 6.5 in (16.51 cm)Depth: 5 in (12.7 cm)
  • Style:
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1950s-1960s
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location:
    Point Richmond, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: ZK#37961stDibs: LU1778231943032
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