This character represents a black cowboy from the Atlantic Coast. This region is famous for its black “Garifuna” Ethnic Group. The piece has gracefully red painted stripes symbolizing sweat produced by his hard work as a cowboy. Notice the enormous black eyes surround by a red frame and red lips that give a dramatic gesture to the mask. A prominent nose and chin denote the African origin of the character. This Vaquero or Cowboy appears in the “Baile Convite”, a disguises parade. The size of the mask tells us that the piece belongs to a child; only men perform in Guatemalan Masked Dances and sometimes they bring along their small boys to the festivities, and they wear masks with sizes like this piece. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché Achí
Origin: Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
Use: Baile Convite
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 4.5” x 6.5” x 4”