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Snake Devil

Snake Devil

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This piece has a unique detail; a snake comes out from the Devil’s forehead. Many of the Guatemalan Devil Masks have animal figures as decorations. A snake for instance, represents a sharp or tricky character. Most probably a young strong dancer would have used the piece. 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 character is not necessarily evil; some pieces will be decorated with diverse symbols to represent different kind of personalities, good or evil. The piece has masterly carved eyebrows, moustaches and beard details. Two wooden horns attached to the top of the head decorate the mask. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping!

Age: Approximately carved in the 1980’s.
Ethnic Group: Kekchí
Origin: Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Materials: Wood
Use: Devil Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 22” x 14” x 13” (horns included)
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