Large black skull mask with flowers


Collection

Win and Janet Carrick Collection


Identifier

CA21


Artist

Unknown


Description

A large black skull mask painted with flowers and blue and white dots. The mask is made with a type of traditional Mexican paper mache called "Cartonería" and was meant to be used during Day of the Dead festivities. In Mexican folk tradition, Skull masks have their origins in the pre Hispanic period. The depiction of death in pre Hispanic Mexico was not fearful but rather part of life. Skull masks represent death still, and can be basic white or with fanciful decorations.


Medium

paper mache

Width

8.25in

Height

14in

Length

4in

Where Made (Country)

Mexico

Related place

Mexico

Name of Donor

Win and Janet Carrick