Mexico lost a great artist when Juan Horta Castillo, perhaps Mexico’s finest mask maker in recent years, passed away of a heart attack in 2006. He was one of the principal and most sought-after carvers from the famed mask-making village of Tocuaro, Michoacán. He won the national mask contest several times and traveled extensively demonstrating his skills. His sons now carry on his tradition and have made a name for themselves in the art of mask making.
The decorative mask we have here is actually piece of fine art sculpture. Don Juan made it for collectors, not to be used in a dance. As I said recently in the blog dated 03-08-2018, many decoratives are made by the same carvers who produce authentic, usable masks. These beautiful pieces can be very creative and certainly worth a lot of money.
I apologize for the low resolution. It’s a shame you can’t enjoy all of the detail in this carving. 1414