During the Moors & Christians dance, Christians will fight Moors representing the Crusade battles in Europe. Spaniards brought the dance to Guatemala telling tall tales about their victory over the Muslim Invasion. The Dance is sometimes called “12 Pares de Francia” -12 Pairs of France, in a reference to Charlemagne and the Catholic overcome. Guatemalan Ceremonial Mask Dances are performed to honour both Catholic and Mayan Deities. The Christian side is represented with blond, white-pale skin characters; meanwhile the Moors are portrayed with black hair and red-dark skin. This piece is a very rare mask, not many characters are left unpainted. The mask has a very smooth patina that tells us its age. The piece is surrounded with a high relieve layer, maybe a protection device Please notice that 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: Moors & Christians Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8