|Q: This is a leather mask I think from Indonesia or Bali but it is one from Dads inheritance and I don’t know any more than that. It shows wear like it has been used over the years. I know, I played with it when I was a kid. Rick, 1045
A: I could take a wild guess and say it is Maravilla, the dog character in the Tecuani dance performed by the Nahua people of Guerrero. But leather masks are made in several other states of Mexico as well. When I enlarged your excellent pictures I though I could detect a coating of tinted varnish. That would suggest it is a decorative mask made for the tourist trade. Maybe one of our readers can comment.
The Nahua, or Nahuatl, are the largest group of indigenous people in Mexico and are direct descendants of the Aztecs.