Q: Mask is 11″ tall, 6.5 ” wide, 5″ deep. It appears that it may be a mask of Spanish General Pedro Alvarado. My father, who was an Army Chaplain in WW2 stationed in Panama Canal Zone, obtained it on his circuit travels to Guatemala. It has been in storage for decades and is in excellent condition. It has the initials “D.M.J(or I).C” written inside (visible in rear photo). I have a closeup photo of the initials but you only allow 3 to be sent.
A: I urge people to send in a front, side and rear view of their Mystery Mask. A forth shot of an important detail is always welcome. This mask is of a Guatemalan hero and was nicely carved and painted. Dating from the 1940’s, it was never used or artificially aged to make it look old. It’s a shame that your father didn’t write down the name and location of the morreria. I can find nothing on the initials DMIC. Hopefully someone who specializes in Guatemalan material will help us.