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Guatemala’s Masks & Drama
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Both long time devotees of the Guatemalan mask/dance culture and newcomers to the subject will be equally fascinated by this colorful and informative book. Hundreds of masks, many accompanied by contextual photographs, appear in full color and are identified in detail. The author also explains how to evaluate the age of a mask through an examination of patina and repair. Village rental agencies, called Morería, their walls and ceilings covered with costumes and masks, are also featured, as are masks used by life-size folk saints. Several original dance scripts have been translated, giving the reader the rare opportunity to view the relationship of the masked characters to their place in the ritual dance culture. The book aims to expose both the knowledgeable and novice collector to new levels of understanding. It does this by sharply-focused color photographs of hundreds of all types of Guatemalan masks with annotations in conjunction with Pieper\'s expert text on the cultural context of masks, guidance on evaluating masks\' surfaces for appreciation of patina, dating, and clues as to use, and also spotting repairs, with directions for making repairs of one\'s own if desirable. The foundation of this distinctive work on the Guatemalan masks which have an integral part in the country\'s social, tribal, and religious festivities and ceremonies is Pieper\'s own large collection of masks; which has been exhibited in noted museums. The author is also a noted ethnographic photographer and recognized expert on masks and religious beliefs and practices who lectures on these topics. Masks of jaguars, monkeys, deer, tapers, and other Central American animals go back to pre-Columbian Native American culture. Later masks of Spanish soldiers and nobles evidence Guatemala\'s colonial experience and the blending of the traditional religion with Catholicism during it. Masks continue to be used in social and religious occasions. Pieper opens up this subject for any reader, and in so doing relates much information for collectors in identifying and evaluating masks. Casa de Artes’ Private collection was used during the shooting of pictures for this book. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.

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Age: Published in 2006
Ethnic Group: does not apply
Origin: California, USA
Materials: soft cover
Use: book
Technique: does not apply
Size: 284 colorful pages, 9” x 12”, soft cover
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