The Dance of the Mexicanos is a variation of the Serpent Dance, a fertility ritual banned by the Catholic Church because of its sexual orientation. The dancers wear “Charro” clothes, big silver guns and huge Mexican hats. Brunette skin, extraordinary thick sideburns, curly hair and wide moustache carvings portray the typical Mexican character. This specific character has golden teeth, symbolizing the wealth of the character and his social status. The ancient Mayas used to decorate their teeth with jade, nowadays gold is the preferred material. The prominent nose is a remembrance to the Mayan God of Rain and Fertility: “Chac”. The costumes have Mexican flags allover, because the serpent on the Mexican national emblem remembers, in a very diplomatic way, the Serpent Dance. During the Dance, the role of these characters is as cowboys from a ranch. Notice the brown glass eyes that highlight the damaged eyeholes of the mask; during the dances some masks are damaged because of the stamina and euphoria of the performers. Striking teeth in a smiling gesture give the classic Mexicano look. Patina on the back denotes use. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1960’s.
Ethnic Group: k’iché
Origin: san Cristobal, Totonicapán
Use: dance of the Mexicanos
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8” x 6” x 7”