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Old Cristiano

Old Cristiano

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The following item belongs to the range of “Antique and Rare Items of the Casa de Artes’ Treasures Series”. This item can only be purchased online using PAYPAL or a US Dollar Check sent to our P.O. Box address in Florida, USA. For buying instructions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ----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 has approximately five different layers of paint and extraordinary smooth patina that tell us the long journey the piece has gone through. The thick carved moustaches, eyebrows and beard are highlighted by beautiful blue painted eyes. The character’s gesture is remarked with tiny red lines. 

Age: Approximately carved in the 1900’s.
Ethnic Group: Kakchiquel
Origin: San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepéquez
Materials: Wood
Use: Moors & Christians Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8” x 6” x 7”
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