This character represents a cowboy in the “Mazate” Dance. On May 3rd, the Day of the Cross is celebrated. The villagers from Salamá climb a sacred hill where a big cross is venerated. Different Dance Groups peregrinate to the hill and to honor the Holy Cross, they perform the “Mazate” Dance. The dance has crude masks with long horse hair moustaches, black skin and big red lips. There is a raunchy female character, and everyone tries to dance with her. At the end of the dance they enter a small temple to pray. The piece has gracefully grey painted eyes as well as eyebrows, chin and other white details. Long horse hair moustaches highlight the piece. The backside has the number 18 and the Cofradía signature. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1960’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché Achí
Origin: Salamá, Baja Verapaz
Use: Baile Mazate
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 6.5” x 4” x 10” (moustache not included)