Charming old Mexican mask

Q:  I am a small time collector and acquired this mask about 20 years ago from an antique mall in Phoenix, AZ.  I do not remember the exact amount I paid but it was somewhere around $50, which I recall being a real stretch for me!  The mask is approx 5.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide.  I have always wondered whether this mask was actually used and, if so, where it came from.  Even if it turns out that this guy was made as tourist fodder it still remains the favorite in my small collection.  Eric, 1119

A:  I too love Mexican masks, and this appears to be a very good one. It might be a Moor from somewhere in the state of Veracruz that has been danced many times. The color and patina are charming. It couldn’t be more Mexican in appearance. There are several readers of the Mystery Mask blog who know way more about Mexico than I do. Hopefully one of them will comment. Even if they don’t, I can assure you it’s worth more than you paid.  A

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