Diablada Bear Mask
Throughout the 19th and early 20th century innumerable ceremonial dance masks were carved in both Mexico and Guatemala but the more esoteric Bolivian tin counterparts are much less common. In Bolivia the masks and costumes that accompany the dance ceremonies assist in explaining the synthesis of pagan, Andean and Catholic culture, religion and ideology. One such dance, The Devil's Dance of Oruro, includes a wide cast of characters - Lucifer, the Chinas, the Chinas Diablas, the Fallen Angel, the Condor, the Jukamaris (mythological beings who abduct maidens). The bear, like the one offered here, represents an evolved version of the Jukumari. Unlike the wooden masks to the north, this Bolivian mask is made entirely of hand cut and hand painted cold rolled tin plate with an outer layer of faux fur. Circa 1950's.
Dimensions: 12 inches high x 10 inches wide x 10 inches deep. Overall height on stand is 16 inches.
Condition notes: in original condition with good wear and surface patina commensurate with age.
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