On December 7th people celebrate the famous "Quema del Diablo" – Burning of the Devil, a purification ritual before the start of 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. The red background is highlighted by thick black eyebrows, chin beard and moustache. Notice the painted eyes that combined with the black painted horns and ears magnify the evil look of the character. The big red tongue confers an evil look to the mask. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1970’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Samayac, Suchitepéquez
Use: Devil Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 4” x 9” x 7.5” (horns included)