Devil Mask w/ two serpents and owl


Collection

Win and Janet Carrick Collection


Identifier

CA24


Artist

Unknown


Description

A wood carved devil mask. On the mask, two serpents make a circle around the devil's face and eat the wings of an owl that is above the devil's nose. The mask includes detachable horns. This mask could be have been used in Christmas pageants called pastorelas. This mask also may depict Tlaloc, a pre-Hispanic God that was commonly depicted as having serpents around his eyes and with the fangs of a viper. In some Tlaloc masks an owl is depicted picking up a serpent with its beak.


Medium

wood

Width

9in

Height

6in

Length

3.75in

Where Made (Country)

Mexico

Related place

Mexico

Name of Donor

Win and Janet Carrick