One of many classic Tigres

Tigre mask, Oaxaca, Mexico
Tigre mask, Oaxaca, Mexico

Tigre is the word for jaguar in Mexican slang, and it was the apex predator for thousands of years until recently, when it finally became extinct throughout the country. It also plays an important role in Mexican mythology and shows up as a character in many folk dances. This mask is a Tigre for the Tejorones dance done in the Costa Chica area in the state of Oaxaca. Different versions of the jaguar-inspired mask are made throughout Mexico.You can see many Tigres, including this particular one, in the new book, Masks of the World, by Robert Ibold with Troy Yohn.  754

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