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 “white” skin is highlighted by thick blond beard and moustache carvings. Notice the huge red horns that magnify the evil look of the character. The brown painted eyes are decorated with large blond eyelashes and eyebrows. This piece could have been a conquistador and then transformed into a devil because of the needs of the Morería owners; horns were attached in a recent time. Many different layers of paint and a great patina tell us the age in this beautiful devil mask. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Samayac, Suchitepéquez
Use: Devil Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 12” x 12” x 8.5” (horns included)