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 mask is highlighted by masterly carved curls, horns, ears and hair details. Prominent nose and cheek bones give the character a strong look. Notice the mouth carvings highlighted by a large tongue. The neck is composed by a turtle head, a sacred animal for the Maya. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1980’s.
Ethnic Group: Kekchí
Origin: Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Use: Devil Dance
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 18” x 25” x 15” (ears and horns included)