This piece has a unique carving; a frog and two snakes come out of the devil’s forehead. Many of the Guatemalan Devil Masks have animal figures as decorations. A frog for instance, represents wisdom, so this Devil Masks has “wise thoughts”; meanwhile snakes guard the frog. The character is not necessarily evil; some pieces will be decorated with diverse symbols to represent different kind of personalities, good or evil. On December 7th people celebrate the famous “Quema del Diablo” – Burning of the Devil, a purification ritual before Christmas Celebrations. Dancers dressed with red and black costumes will dance around the bonfires. The piece has carved hair and magnificent beard details; from the mouth comes a large tongue that completes a scary look. Notice the leather ears attached to the top of the head that decorate this incredible devil mask. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: Kekchí
Origin: Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Use: Devil Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 14” x 8” x 18” (horns included)