South America

Sheet metal Devil mask

Q:  I received this mask as a gift. Want to sell it, but not sure of what to ask for it or where is the best place to sell it.  Cristi, 1169

A:  The Devil mask is the most common character in the famous carnival or Oruro, Bolivia. Called Supay, he represents the Andean pre-Conquest underworld figure that was lord of the hills. When the Spanish priest came his role was changed to that of the Devil.

Many Bolivian parade masks are made of sheet metal. This started hundreds of years ago when the silver mines employed most of the Indians. Later, tin mines became important as well. Today metal masks are as popular as ever. After construction they are painted carefully in bright colors. A few are not painted because some collectors prefer the shiny metallic look for their display.  B

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  • Jorge

    What are the dimensions?
    In Bolivia these can be purchased for cheap money comparably, as the material is inexpensive and these pieces are sometimes mass produced for the Carnival.
    I can check with family members in Bolivia if you gave me dimensions.

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