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Mexican masks can be very real

aaaMystrySolvd-869Q:  I just lost an auction for an awesome female Catrine mask.  Here’s a photo of it; the eyelids do not close.  With commission, it sold for $1400.  I had bid $1100 and lost, and I’m very disappointed, as you can imagine.  I really wanted that mask.  Aaron, 869

A:  You have my sympathy.  This is a rare example of top-notch mask making in Mexico. There are just two states, Tlaxcala and Chiapas, where a high level of classical sculpture is occasionally achieved. The female Catrine we see here would be worn by a Nahua man who impersonates a girl who falls in love with a handsome cowboy. Note how much personality this ultra-realistic mask portrays.  A+

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