Q: I purchased this mask at an arts and crafts fair here in Mexico City. I believe it is originally from the state of Michoacan, but it could be from Guerrero or Oaxaca. I am most interested in masks related to devils or death. I attempt to obtain mask that are “bailadas” which means masks that have been used in some sort of festivity or ritual. Carlos, 736
A: Thanks for explaining the types of masks that interest you most. I’d love to see more of them. Your mask may be related to the devil or death, but it is certainly unusual. It could be a weird monster mask that was made for tourists. Another possibility is that it somehow slipped in from Ecuador, which it more resembles in style of construction and wood selection. Also, I’d like to have the holes at the end of the mouth explained. I hope we get some comments.