Terrific Mexican mask

Q:  Attached are three pictures of a mask I recently purchased at a country auction in Massachusetts.  It is made of wood, with paint and some sort of old repair.  Any information would be very much appreciated!  Nick, 1373

A:  Nick, you have made my day. Your photography is excellent. Most people who buy a mask at a local auction or thrift store don’t get something of this high value. It’s a very old Moor mask, but I can’t identify the state or ethnic group. Who has ever seen tiny, little round eyes underneath big eye holes. I also love the startling look of the face on this enemy of the Christians. And finally, it comes with an excellent stand. There are some collectors of Mexican masks who occasionally visit this site… and I will be really angry if none of them comment!  A+

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