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 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 has golden teeth, symbolizing the wealth of the character and his 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”. The costumes have Mexican flags allover, because the serpent on the Mexican national emblem remembers, in a very diplomatic way, the Serpent Dance. During the Dance, the role of these characters is as cowboys from a ranch. Blue painted eyes are highlighted by delicate painted eyelashes and eyebrows; striking teeth in a smiling gesture give the classic Mexicano look. Many layers of paint indicate restorations that the piece overcame over the years. Patina on the back denotes use. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping!
Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: San Cristobal, Totonicapán
Use: Dance of the Mexicanos
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8” x 5” x 7”