Clown mask

Latacunga, Ecuador

11 inches, papier mache

The clown is an important character in La Fiesta de la Mama Negro, a popular annual celebration in the Quechua-speaking town close to Mt. Cotopaxi south of Quito in the center of Ecuador. The customs and characters of this event are quite unique, and it attracts tourist every year. Google for more info. I like these sturdy papier mache masks because they still have that non-commercial, folk-art look.