Q: Know this is a Mexican mask, but would like your thoughts on its original purpose. It is very light weight wood, has remains of gold paint and was inhabited by insects!!! Despite its condition, I really love this mask and would like your opinions on it. I bought it along with an “unusual Mexican bird masks” hat I sent you pictures of 6/11/15. Mickey, 952
A: Here is what it says on an old label pasted on the rear of the mask. This Google translation doesn’t make sense to me.
Tepozitlan, District Juguila, (close to the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico)
Cargador: con tres mas carga la mesa on que llevan al dios de los cazadores y pescadores al lugar donde lo depositan mientras que persiguen su presa.
(Charger: three more loads on table carrying the god of hunters and fishermen to where they deposit while pursuing their prey .)
It’s hard to tell much about this ruined old mask. And it may not be so old, because a few years outside in the elements will do this kind of damage. That shallow hole in the mouth probably had a fake cigar in it. Hopefully one of our Mexican mask enthusiasts will have something helpful to say.