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 extraordinary carved golden painted curls; notice the gracefully black painted eyes highlighted by tiny eyelashes. The mouth has painted teeth decorated with gold, a sign of wealth. The green chin represents the recently shaved beard of the character. 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 Achí
Origin: Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
Use: Moors & Christians Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8” x 5” x 7”