Ceremonial Conquistador Mask used during the Dance of the Conquest. This character represents a Spanish soldier; a captain or a simple combatant. During the Dance, they will fight against the Mayan Warriors. Blond hair and moustaches are nicely carved. Notice the gracefully golden painted eyebrows and eyelashes that highlight the beautiful brown painted glass eyes. Golden teeth symbolize the wealth of the character that tells us the social status of the character. The ancient Mayas used to decorate their teeth with jade, nowadays gold is the preferred material. Spectacular high relieve carved flower decorations on both sides decorate his head. Patina on the back denotes use; the dancers that used the mask have signed the interior of the piece. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1970’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Santa Cruz del Quiché, El Quiché
Use: Dance of the Conquest
Technique: Hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 7” x 8” x 4.5”