This primitive carved mask represents the Guatemalan National Hero, the Mayan Prince and General Tecún Umán. The legend tells that he fought against Pedro de Alvarado, the main Spanish Conquistador in the Battle of Quetzaltenango in 1524. Tecún Umán told his armies the following: “let us go to meet the Spaniards sounding the sacred conch shells to initiate the war, and let them see that these lands are not so easy to win, and it is vanity to think of vanquishing Quetzaltenango”. As he confronted Alvarado he injured his horse, believing they were one. Alvarado attacked him with his sword and killed him. During the Dance of the Conquest, at three o’clock, Tecún Umán dies; linking him to Jesus dying at the cross. The Quetzal Bird stands in his wounds and gets its red chest from the hero’s blood. The character has two Quetzales in his forehead that stand for his royal status as a Mayan Warrior and Prince of the K’iché. The mask was later transformed into a Maximón mask as the hole in his mouth show. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1950’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Santa Cruz, El Quiché
Use: Dance of the Conquest
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 4” x 7” x 6”