Authentic or decorative– both can be desireable

Mexican chicken
Mexican chicken

Q: I got this big chicken in Mexico many years ago. Its 30 inches tall and 9 wide. Thanks for any info you might have.  Jerry, 557

A: Decorative masks are not only made for the tourist trade in Mexico, but the more extravagant pieces are popular with art collectors as well. At 30 inches your chicken certainly qualifies as art. There are also various animal masks that are made for village dances and are what serious mask collectors are looking for. I admire Mexican creativity so much that I personally collect both authentic dance masks and decoratives.  C+

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