Q: Thoughts on this one? Is it turn of the century Guatemalan? The original eyes likely were glass. About 1/3 of the side of the mask once fall off and was glued back on. Would adding new glass eyes add value or subtracts? Nate, 558
A: It’s an old, used, classic Guatemalan probably from a lesser morreria, but I can’t see any initials. The break is okay. I would feel better with “middle 20th” as the approximate date. If it was of better quality I’d put the eyes back in. This one is better the way it is.
Note: Guatemala has a very strong masking tradition. Even though it is a small country, there are at least six different books published on the subject of Guatemalan masks. Also you can check out our Guatemalan section.