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Guatemala. Mask of Baila de la Conquista. Early XX century

Guatemala. Mask of Baila de la Conquista. Early XX century

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The Guatemalan mask from the early 20th century, carved in wood and used for the Dance of the Reconquest (Baila de la Conquista), vividly depicts a European man, presumably Spanish.

Size: 

h 19 cm

l 14,5cm

prof 11 cm

In good condition with authentic period polychromy, its brutal and sharp expression, along with vibrant colors, reflects the indigenous peoples' negative perception of this character. There are openings for the eyes and holes for the nostrils.

The Dance of the Conquest is a dramatic dance performance originating in the late 16th century, introduced by Dominican friars in Guatemala. It serves as an educational narrative, conveying to the indigenous people that the conquest of Guatemala was made possible through supernatural and spiritual forces.

Beyond its historical and cultural significance, this mask can have a beautiful decorative effect in various settings, whether in an environment rich in antique items or in a modern design space, adding a unique and captivating touch to its presence.

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