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 has approximately five different layers of paint and extraordinary smooth patina that tell us the long journey the piece has gone through. The thick carved curly moustaches, eyebrows and painted chin beard are highlighted by beautiful blue glass eyes. The character’s gesture is remarked with tiny red lips. The former owner of the mask glued with tape the damaged chin of the mask. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the early 1900’s.
Ethnic Group: none
Origin: Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez
Use: Moors & Christians Dance
Technique: Hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 6” x 6” x 7” (horns included)