Ceremonial Conquistador Mask used during the Dance of the Conquest. This character represents a Spanish captain don Pedro Portocarrero who was Pedro de Alvarado Lieutenant. The relationship between Alvarado and Portocarrero, his "right hand", made such impression in the Maya Warriors, that he is one of the few real Spanish characters that are represented in the Conquest Dance. The black painted carved hair and well formed moustaches and beard denote the exquisite ability of the artist. Sunburned skin denotes the European origin of the character. Notice the gracefully painted eyebrows and real hair-made eyelashes that highlight the character\'s blue plastic eyes. A golden painted tooth denotes the higher social status of the character. The piece has a stunning look, but it is the backside patina that tells the many adventures and events that this piece has overcome. The dancers have engraved their names into the mask; a way of securing it for next year’s dance. Please notice the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Santa Cruz del Quiché, El Quiché
Use: Dance of the Conquest
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 7.5” x 10” x 6”