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White Beard Viejo Mexicano


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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. 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 this character is as the “Jefe” or Owner of the ranch, and he is the boss of the cowboys, played by the rest of the Mexicanos. Brunette skin, extraordinary thick sideburns, long beard and wide moustache carvings portray the typical Mexican character. Grey hair gives the character a sober look, infusing respect and admiration over his men. During the Bull Fight, he is going to die and his men will fight over power and his widow. Nose and cheek are slightly sunburned denoting his European origins. Brown nutshell-made eyes are highlighted by delicate painted eyelashes and eyebrows. Layers of paint can be seen in the character’s skin, and patina on the back is signs of age. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.

Age: Approximately carved in the early 1960’s.
Ethnic Group: Kakchiquel
Origin: La Esperanza, Sololá
Materials: Wood
Use: Dance of the Mexicanos
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8.5” x 5” x 7”
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