Another Pedro Alvarado

Q:  I am cleaning out my father’s home/estate and he had several masks (mostly Mexican). I believe a few are antique and at least one may be pretty valuable. I have attached pictures below and can follow-up with more pictures if you would like to see them. I am mostly curious about this one that I think is over 100 years old.  Laura, 1325

A:  What a coincidence. The same character comes in a day later. Laura’s Alvarado is a  tourist mask that has been artificially aged, where as, yesterday’s is authentic.The biggest difference would be the quick carving and black paint on the rear of today’s. Neither of these masks are close to a 100 years old. I hope the father didn’t pay too much. Please remember, dear reader, that the claim of old age is almost always questionable.  C


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