Popular Mexican armadillo mask

Q:  I found this mask in a large box of unrelated items in  warehouse and would like to find out whatever I can about its origin.  Kathleen, 1082

A:  These kinds of masks have been used by the Huave people of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, for many years. They are carved out of local wood and decorated with armadillo shell and hair. They’re so appealing to tourists that thousands of extras are made every year for sale. This is an extra and is not as carefully made as the ones used for the dance. Still, it is a nice addition to anyone’s Mexican mask collection.  B-

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