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Old and rare Rabinal Devil with bugs


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The following item belongs to the range of “Antique and Rare Items of the Casa de Artes’ Treasures Series”. This extremely rare piece has superb exuberant carvings; two scary black painted bugs, a spider and a worm, crawl all over his cheeks.  A golden painted frame highlights the eyes and snout. Even a horn-shaped bump can be seen between the bugs. The devil has green skin and large red wooden horns. Many of the Guatemalan Devil Masks have animal figures as beautifications. On December 7th people celebrate the famous “Quema del Diablo” – Burning of the Devil, a purification ritual before Christmas Celebrations. Dancers dressed with red and black costumes will dance around the bonfires. The character is not necessarily evil; some pieces will be decorated with diverse symbols to represent different kind of personalities, good or evil. Wonderful glass eyes surrounded by a white background give a dramatic contrast to the piece. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.

Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché Achí
Origin: Rabinal
Materials: Wood
Use: Devil Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 10” x 6” x 5”
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