This character represents the woman who helped Cortes forge alliances with various Indian nations against the Aztecs. Doña Marina/La Malinche traveled with Cortes as he conquered Mexico. She is considered the mother of the Mestizo (European-American Indian) Latin American race. La Malinche, took part in the Spanish conquest and gave birth to one of Cortes\' children. She is present in different dances as she can speak many Indigenous languages and Spanish, she is a translator. A very influential character but is seen as a prostitute who sold her country to the Conquistadores. To be called a “malinchista” is to be called a lover of foreigners, a traitor. Notice strange and surprised look in this mask that has blushing cheeks and sunburned nose. Carved hair, tiny painted eyelashes and fine eyebrows decorate the curious plastic-made eyes. Different layers of paint can be seen in the mask; this and a smooth backside patina tell the age of the piece. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1950’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Santa Cruz del Quiche, El Quiché
Use: Dance of the Conquest
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 5.5” x 8” x 4”