Strange leather mask from Mexico

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Q:  Just bought this leather mask and wanted to get your opinion as to it’s origin. It measures 9″ at widest and 10″ top to bottom with horse hair whiskers. Could this be from Chiapas?  Thanks, Lois, 858

A:  The Tzotzil people, who live in the center of Chiapas and are of Mayan descent, frequently make masks out of leather. But this one is different in design. Here is what the author and collector, Bryan Stevens, had to say. “It is real but undanced, from Guerrero, but it is atypical of the area, so I am not certain.” Let’s hope that someone who reads this blog has more to say.

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