Monkey mask with flowers and earrings


Collection

Win and Janet Carrick Collection


Identifier

CA25


Artist

Unknown


Description

A monkey mask adorned with earings, a flower head band, and plastic eyelashes. Many indigenous groups in Mexico and Guatemala use monkey and other animal masks in the performance of dances and pageants. The dances and pageants are an enactment of religious and mythological themes.These themes originated in the Pre-Hispanic past when masks were buried with the dead, which suggests they had a transformational function and meaning.


Medium

paper mache

Width

7in

Height

9in

Length

3.25in

Related place

Mexico

Name of Donor

Win and Janet Carrick