Mexico

Mexican clay mask? Decorative or not?

Q:  Yet another mystery out of the same batch.  This one is large enough for a normal human face.  I’ve seen clay masks used in ceremonies before, but it’s rare.  Normally, when I see a clay mask, I assume it’s a decorative tourist mask.  In this case, I am hesitating, because it seems like it’s not really attractive enough to be a tourist mask.  Do you have any idea what it is?  Aaron, 1253

A:  I agree this will not appeal to most tourists. And don’t rule out Peru or other countries, they make a lot of terracotta masks, as well as Mexico. I have not seen one that looks like this. Maybe someone out there has.

 

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