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Mexican, Guatemalan, and Dominican Republic Masks for Sale

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Fine Mexican masks, including dance masks
Decorative Mexican masks - carved wood and paper mache, including skulls
Masks by Arturo AjCanil, Guatemalan award-winning mask maker
Guatemalan dance masks
Decorative Guatemalan masks, including skulls and mini masks

When one puts on a mask, he takes on the persona of the mask. Ceremonial masks have been used in Mexico and Guatemala for thousands of years. Before the Spanish Conquest, masks depicted the animal spirits and gods of the indigenous peoples. The Spanish priests taught Roman Catholicism to the natives using medieval Mystery and Miracle Plays and introduced new masks for these performances. Such figures included the Spaniard and the Moor, and the Devil to represent Judas. Native dances evolved to incorporate both types of figures, and animal masks as well as those of European origin are still used in local festivals. Many decorative masks are also produced for sale to tourists.

Most of our masks are from Mexico and Guatemala. Descriptions accompany each mask. There are dance masks, some old and some new; masks by the master mask makers Juan Orta(now deceased) of Michoacan, Mexico; Justo Xuana of Oaxaca; and a large group of masks by award-winning Arturo Aj-Canil, a winner of the top award in Guatemala for a woodcarver. There are also a couple of decorative masks by award-winning Oaxacan carver Angel Vasquez, son of Angelica Vasquez. And there is a group of other more primitive Guatemalan masks and a group of decorative masks and mini masks.

The paper mache masks made for Carnaval in the Dominican Republic were bought by a collector who lived therein the 1990's. These paper mache masks are made of extremely thick material of many layers of newspaper.

Click on each image for a larger view. Measurements are in inches.

Packing and shipping are included in the price on each piece. Please call us at 713-748-8133 to place orders or email us at magicas@pdq.net for more information. We can also bill you through Pay Pal on email orders.



M6 Carnaval coyote mask by mask maker Justo Xuana, Oaxaca, Mexico. Carved from wood and handpainted with sisal hair. New. 12" H X 10"W X
3.5'D, $625.

10-JX-01


M5. by deceased master mask maker JUAN ORTA, devil mask with horns and skeleton, 11"W X 13 1/2 " H (face 8" tall) X 6"D, $950.
05-OTA-02
Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 3


M2.Carved wood dog mask, danced,
from the Puebla/Veracruz border region, Mexico, 7"W X 7 3/4" H X 4 1/4"D,
$225.

12-LAG-01


 


M3. Painted wooden
vintage viejo mask for the dance of Los Manueles, Zoquiapan, Guerrero, Mexico. This is either the grandfather
or the father of the novia. Early1970's. Danced.
"8 W X 10"H X 6"D. $375





M4. Painted wooden mask from Michoacan with feather earring.This mask was an entry in the Patzcuaro mask competition of masks by fine mask makers.8.5"H X 7"W X 3.5"D, $159.
07-PTZ-02

 

 

 



M7 Carnaval dog mask by mask maker Justo Xuana, Oaxaca, Mexico. Carved from wood and handpainted with sisal hair. New. 12" H X 8.5"W X 9'D, $625
.
10-JX-01

M8. Painted canvas jaguar costume and carved wooden mask from Guerrero. Mid 1980's to early 1990's. See notes on linked page.
6' x 6'(to end of arms)
Tigre mask 9" x 8"
Was $750, now $675.
93-LM-N309


The masks in the next two rows are decorative masks. The paper mache skeleton masks could be worn.


M10. Hand-carved and painted
mask by Angel Vasquez of Oaxaca, son of Angelica Vasquez.
7 1/2"W X 11 3/4"H X 2 1/2"D,
$169.



M11. Hand-carved and painted mask
by Angel Vasquez of Oaxaca, son of
Angelica Vasquez. 5 3/4"W X

16 1/2"H X 3 1/2"D, $169.

 


M12. Painted wooden Mexican decorative mermaid mask from the early 1990's. The bottom of the mask below the
mouth was broken off and
repaired, but this is not visible looking at the mask
head on. 8"W X 14"H X 5"D, $55.

 

 


M13. Painted wooden Mexican decorative
mask from the early 1990's.
8"W X 12"H X 4"D, $65.

 

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S5. Paper mache skull mask by Monteil of Guanajuato, Mexico. 5.75"W X 9"H X 4.5"D.
$32.

13-JM-30

 

 

 

 


S8. Paper mache skull mask with flower. 6"W X 8.5"H X 3"D.
$24 .
14-JGT-04

 


S9. Paper mache skull mask with flower. 5.5"W X 8"H X 2.5"D.
$24 .

14-JGT-04


S10. Paper mache skull mask
with flower.
6"W X 8.5"H X 3"D.
$24 .

14-JGT-04


The following masks are by award-winning mask and santo carver Arturo Aj Canil, the top award-winning mask maker in Guatemala. Arturo is a Mayan and his masks incorporate a wide range of Mayan symbols. His work is exquisitely carved, painted, and incised.

 


M18. Three face mask with
lizard by top award-winning Guatemalan mask maker
Arturo AjCanil. Carved from
wood and handpainted, 11"H
X 8 3/4" W X 5 1/4" D, $185.
13-AJC-09


M19. Torito mask with fish symbols by top award-winning Guatemalan mask maker Arturo AjCanil. Carved from wood and handpainted, 8"H
X 9" W X 7" D, $177.

13-AJC-03


The following row contains Guatemalan dance masks.

M20. White devil mask. Guatemala. Carved from wood and handpainted,
with glass eyes. 9"H X 7"W X 5"D, $150.

10-NIM-04


M21. Red devil mask. Guatemala. Carved from wood and hand-painted. Including horns, measures 9.5"H X 7"W
X 9"D,
$150.
10-NIM-04

 


M22. Colorful feo, or ugly
one, mask. Guatemala.
Carved from wood and handpainted.
9"H X 7.25"W
X 4.5"D, $195
.
10-NIM-02


M23 Lovely dance mask
for Danza de los Torros
from Guatemala. Carved from wood and hand-painted.
Ornamented
with bells and pompon tassels. Has been
danced. Wooden part
of mask measures 6" H
X 5"W X 6 1/2"D, $225.

13-CHI-13


The next few spotted masks are decorative masks from Guatemala. Those in the first two rows are the size that one would wear. The next couple of rows contain miniature masks. The animal masks make cheerful decorations for children's rooms!


M26
Handcarved & hand-painted
spotted lion mask from
Guatemala. This high gloss
finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
7 3/4"W X 9 1/2"H X 5"D.
$69 .

13-CHI-11


M27
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted toro mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
9 3/4"W X 16 1/2"H X 7 1/2"D.
$69 .

13-CHI-11

S3 Handcarved and hand-painted wooden skull mask from Guatemala.
6.75"W X 10"H X 4.75"D.
$89 .
13-PJC-27

S1
Handcarved & hand-painted wooden skull mask from Guatemala.
8.5"W X 9.5"H X 4.75"D.
$89 .

13-PJC-27

S2
Handcarved and hand-painted wooden skull mask from Guatemala. 7.25"W X 5"H X 2.75"D.
$55.

13-
ANT-01


S6 Handcarved and hand-painted wooden skull mask from Guatemala.
4.25"W X 7.5"H X 3.5"D.
$45 .

13-CDP-13

M28
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted bird mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
3 1/4"W X 6"H X 2 1/2"D.
$32 .


M29
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted horse (burro)mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
2 3/4"W X 5"H X 1 3/4"D.
$32

M30
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted crocodile or lizard mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
3 1/4"W X 4 3/4"H X 2 1/2"D.
$32 .

M31
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted crocodile or lizard mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
3 1/4"W X 4 3/4"H X 2 1/2"D.
$32 .

M32
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted torito mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
6"W X 4 1/2"H X 2 1/4"D.
$32 .

S11 Small handcarved and handpainted wooden skull mask,Guatemala,
3.25"W X 4.5"H X 2.5"D.
$26.

13-CHI-12


S12 Small handcarved and handpainted wooden skull mask with horns,Guatemala,
6"W X 5"H X 2.5"D.
$26 .

13-CHI-12


M33
Handcarved & hand-painted spotted bird mask from Guatemala. This high gloss finish decorative mask would be wonderful in a child's room!
2 3/4"W X 5"H X 2
"D.

The following two masks are Carnaval masks from the Dominican Republic from the 1990's.
These are masks made by individuals for their own use rather than by professional mask makers.
They are all very heavy paper mache made for repeat use. The extremely elaborate Carnaval
masks found there are made by mask makers and many people cannot afford them.


DOM 8. Grey mask of patterned
paper with
tissue paper hair.
12"W X 11"H X 7"D, $65.

DOM 9. Red helmet mask
with
fleece hair and plastic cup eyes. 11"H X 11"diameter. $65
     
And, finally, three masks from Bolivia.

M8. Male Ch'uta masks from La Paz, Bolivia. These represent Spanish colonial males. These are relatively new wire screen masks from Bolivia, possibly 1980's. Hair is sisal. Each is about 12" tall. $59 each.