The Dance of the Mexicanos is a variation of the Serpent Dance, a fertility ritual banned by the Catholic Church because of its sexual orientation. The costumes used by the dancers have Mexican flags allover, because the serpent on the Mexican national emblem remembers, in a very diplomatic way, the Serpent Dance. The dancers wear “Charro” clothes, big silver guns and huge Mexican hats. Brunette skin, extraordinary thick sideburns, curly hair and wide moustache carvings portray the typical Mexican character. This specific character represents the Overseer or “Capataz”, his role during the dance is to keep the “Mexicanos” working. In that time, black men who earned freedom had a higher social status than Indigenous people; they were hired as Overseers. This “Negrito” has golden teeth, symbolizing his wealth and social status. The ancient Mayas used to decorate their teeth with jade, nowadays gold is the preferred material. The prominent nose is a remembrance to the Mayan God of Rain and Fertility: “Chac”. Brown glass eyes are highlighted by delicate golden painted eyelashes and eyebrows; striking teeth in a smiling gesture give the classic Mexicano look. This mask used to be a “Mexicano”, because of its enormous nose but was painted black and converted into a Negrito to complete a missing character of the Dance by the Morería Owners. The backside patina denotes use; the dancers who last used the mask have signed its interior. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1950’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Santa Cruz del Quiché, El Quiché
Use: Dance of the Mexicanos
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 7.5” x 6.5” x 7”