Early 20th century Guatemalan ceremonial dance mask -- Doña Marina / La Malinche, from the 'Dance of the Conquest. The Malinche character represents the infamous Doña Marina, a native Nahua woman who served as interpreter, advisor and mistress to Hernan Cortes. She played a crucial role in the Spanish conquest -- helping the Conquistadors build alliances with several Indian nations and ultimately conquer the Aztecs in Mexico. Circa 1900 - 1920.
This colorful dance mask has been well used as evidenced by the innumerable paint layers on the exterior surfaces and the lustrous surface patina on the interior surfaces. Hand carved and polychrome painted cedar.
Dimensions: measures approximately 8 inches x 6 inches.
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