Maranquilla mask for Carnaval

This high quality mask of a woman belongs to the Ruth Lechuga collection. You can also see it on page 37 of her famous book, Mask Arts of Mexico. It is a carnival mask from Papalotla,Tlaxcala, Mexico. The maker, Enrique Mendez Juarez, is a well trained professional santero who also carves statues for churches. His masks cost more than most Mexicans can afford. Carefully carved out of wood and painted, the eyes are glass surrounded with false eyelashes.

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