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Mexican Mermaid Mask

 

 Fish mask-1 Q:  Can you estimate age, where it came from in Mexico and who might have carved it? What is your take on the condition, paint loss, looks like woods knots over the eye and next to the nose and something under the nose?  Bill, 953

A:  It came from the state of Guerrero. I think we started seeing this style of decorative (tourist mask) as early as 1970. The tourist trade was beginning to grow and these kinds of items were offered to rich gringos as valuable antiques. This decorative industry grew and grew, often producing beautiful carvings that can be a joy to collect. By the 90’s most collectors knew they were fakes. They are still being made, but you can buy them for a lot less money.  B

 

 

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