South America

China Supay half-mask from Bolivia

Q:  I have a real proclivity for Bolivian masks, and the three here are at least 20 years old.  The China Supay has seen a lot of use, and the foam on the back is nearly worn off.  Aaron, 894

A:  It is always a treat to share one of your latest acquisitions with our viewers. This is an excellent example of a classic Bolivian mask. The Bolivians take masquerade very seriously. Their huge carnival in Oruro and the big festival in La Paz have got to be among the most spectacular masquerades in the world. Interestingly, most of the masks in both cities are carefully crafted out of sheet metal. This one is a half-mask, which enables the wearer to easily drink beverages during the parade. It’s a great piece for any collection.  A+

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