Vintage Painted Folk Art MEXICAN DEVIL MASK - Real Goat Horns and Rattles
- Vintage item
Both the carving and the painted details on this wonderful old mask are exceptional. Hand made in Mexico, the devil's red face is accented by a multitude of black and white designs and huge, bulging eyes. A large red tongue curves out from the open mouth with white teeth and a pair of fangs. The ears are pointed and the nostrils carved out on the hooked nose. To top off the drama, the curved horns are genuine goat horns and are filled with tiny pebbles that rattle when shaken during ritual dances.
The mask is fully 17 inches long including the horns, 10 1/2 inches in length without them. The width is 8 inches across the forehead, 9 inches across the horns. The depth is 6 inches from the back edge of the mask to the tip of the nose and it weighs 1 1/2 pounds.
Masks like this one representing the devil are routinely represented as being made in the state of Guerrero. However, the next to last photo we've included was taken in 1981 and is captioned "Diablo playing a menacing role during the Holy Week activities, Juxtlahuaca. Oaxaca (Mixtec), 1981." The Mixtec people of Guerrero are in villages along the border with Oaxaca and it is difficult to determine in which of the states this mask was made. We do believe it was made in the 1980's.
The mask is in excellent condition, with no breaks or cracks and only minor wear to the paint. There is a hole drilled in the forehead for hanging; someone also added screw eyes on the back which can be easily removed. Whether you hang this on your wall or prop it on a stand, it's a superb piece of Mexican folk art.
Reference: "MASKS OF MEXICO--Tigers, Devils and the Dance of Life," Barbara Mauldin, 1999, Museum of New Mexico Press