Q: I purchased this mask about 10 years ago from an online auction where it was described as a Mexican “Ranchero” mask. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much more detail from the listing. I was hoping you, or someone who visits your site, might recognize this style of mask, and perhaps identify the region it came from. It’s certainly the work of a highly skilled craftsman. The wood is thick, but very light, and there are four heavy duty staples around the perimeter for straps. The inside is smooth and nicely contoured for comfort. I don’t think it was ever used, but it was definitely made to be worn. Dan, 1003
A: What a beautiful mask! I agree with everything you say. But those eyes are done in a European folk mask style. My guess is that one of the talented professional carvers from somewhere in Mexico carved it that way for fun (or profit). The scan of the back looks more Mexican than European. A
Comments from others have convinced me this handsome masks is from the mountains of Ecuador.
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