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 represents a Moor, black facial hair and red skin decorates the piece. Notice the gracefully painted eyebrows and carved moustaches, together with fine real hair made eyelashes highlight the resplendent brown glass eyes. The mouth is highlighted by carefully painted teeth. The chin has a thick black painted beard. The piece has different layers of paint and extraordinary smooth patina that tell us the long journey the piece has gone through. 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 9.5” x 5.5” x 4.5”