Q: I wonder if you could tell me anything about this mask. I purchased it at auction in a small town near Ottawa, Canada. It was described as a Victorian Carnival Mask. Thanks for your time, Rod, 761
A: The best I can do is tell you it is probably from Guatemala. I have no idea what the character is or what part of the country it comes from.
I’ve only seen animals (and once a woman) painted yellow– never a male character. Also, the four eye holes are too far apart. The larger holes should contain glass eyeballs. It is indeed unusual for a Guatemalan mask, but I get the feeling it was not made for the tourist trade. B