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Golden Conquistador - Treasures
$1500

Golden Conquistador - Treasures
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  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures
  • Golden Conquistador - Treasures

The following item belongs to the range of “Antique and Rare Items of the Casa de Artes’ Treasures Series”. This item can only be purchased online using PAYPAL or a US Dollar Check sent to our P.O. Box address in Florida, USA. For buying instructions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ----- This character represents a Spanish spoiled boy, he is so lazy and foolish that no one takes him seriously. The word “Gracejo” means clown; Indigenous people mocked these abundant characters during the colonization. The traditional “Gracejo” masks have a big smile on their faces and sometimes an idiotic look. Notice the gracefully carved teeth that give the piece the classic Gracejo look. Gold decorated teeth demonstrate the character’s social status, he is a wealthy man. The bright golden painted high-relief curls, fine sideburns and stylistic moustaches made of this piece, a reference for future representations of the character. Sunburned ears, nose and cheeks, red lips, black painted eyes and golden painted eyebrows and eyelashes give this Conquistador a beautiful look. The skin has many layers of old paint and fractures all over that have been fading away, because of time and use, and created a curious look for the mask. The nose and lower chin have damaged / unpainted sections caused by constant use in the ceremonies. The piece has an extraordinary gorgeous look, but it is the backside patina that tells the many adventures and events that this piece has overcome.   

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Age: Approximately carved in the early 1900’s.
Ethnic Group: Kekchí
Origin: Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Materials: Wood
Use: Gracejo Mask
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 6” x 7.5” x 5”
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