Repainted Guatemalan mask

Q:  Attached is an unusual Guatemalan mask of a Cristiano from the dance of the Moors and Christians in Coban, Alta Verapaz.  It looks quite similar to the yellow one posted on your site some years ago (7.4.2015), except the color is different.  Jean, 1410

A:  Please go to the Guatemalan category so you can see the yellow mask Jean is referring to. Both masks are similar. Jean’s mask is a better carving. When you look at the rear you know that it is old, used, and more recently painted red over the original yellow so it can be used as a Moor in the dance. Morrerias (rental shops) will sometimes change colors to suit the demand. Serious collectors will love this mask for its interesting change-over. A

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