Mascaras: A World of Masks

September 8, 2009 to February 28, 2010

Fall is a season of transition and transformation. In the spirit of Halloween and Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, Indigo Arts presents a collection of masks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific. The exhibit includes dance, festival and ritual masks from many countries, including Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, New Guinea and Nigeria.

Bamum Mask
SKU: afm76

wood w/ mineral pigments
(19 1/4" h. x 9 1/4" w. x 9 3/4" d.)

$1200 (w/ custom stand)
Yoruba Gelede Mask
SKU: afm75

Yoruba people, Nigeria
wood w/ oil paint, nails
(15" h. x 9" w. x 13" d.)

$1200 (w/ custom stand)
Guere Mask
SKU: afm-22

Guere people, Ivory Coast,
wood w/ steel carpet tacks, natural pigments & encrustation
(12 1/2"h. x 8" w. x 7" d.)

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Igbo Buffalo Mask
SKU: afm92
$900 (on stand)
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Leather Tigre Mask (#mxm075)
SKU: mxm075

Acatlan, Guerrero, Mexico,
c. 1980's.
Leather w/ oil paint, mirrors, w/ custom steel stand.
(9" w. x 7" d. x 14" h.)

$775 incl. custom stand
Dogon Walu Mask

Dogon people, Mali,
wood w/ kaolin, black and red pigment
(24"h.x 8" w.)

"Guerrero" Ball-player Mask attributed to Victoriano Salgado of Michoacan
SKU: MXM-137

Unsigned but attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012)
Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.1970 - 1980
Maque lacquer on wood.
(9" h. x 7” w. x 5” d.)

A prolific designer and maker of wooden, maque, decorative masks used by dancers in Purépecha fiestas, one of Grand Masters of Mexican Folk art and one of last skilled masters of this unique art form.  Mr. Salgado learned this skill from several mask makers of the Magdalena neighborhood where he grew up. His first mask dates back to 1950 and it was a "Negrito" folk dance mask.

Victoriano's masks are not painted, the process used for color is a highly superior technique called "maque", which is a pre-hispanic process involving numerous applications of natural earth and insect pigments and oils applied with the palm of the hand that hardens into a brilliant, lustrous surface. 

Mr. Salgado created over 60 different masks, the most famous: dance of the Señor Naranjo, and the dance of the Tataqueri, Corcovi, Negritos and Viejitos.

He passed away on September 2012 two weeks before receiving the Erendira Award, The highest prize given by the Michoacan State Government.

Ibibio Sickness Mask
SKU: afm93

Igbo people, Nigeria
wood w/ mineral pigments
(10" h. x 6 1/4" w. x 4 1/4" d.)

$750 (on stand)
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Diablo con Serpientes Mask from Mexico
SKU: MXM-135

Diablo mask with three snakes, dance and state undetermined - Mexico,
early 20th century
wood, oil paint, ribbon
(14” w. x 9.5” d. x 22”h.).
Ex. Brand collection.

Mossi Bird Mask
SKU: afm-72

Mossi people, Burkina Faso
wood w/ mineral pigments
( 11" h. x 7" w. x 12 1/2" d.)

$625 (w/ custom stand)
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Bamana Hyena Mask
SKU: afm-41

Bamana people, Mali, mid-20th cent.
Wood with oil paints
(18 1/2"h. x 7 1/2" w. x 5 3/4" d.)

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Moro de Carnaval Mask - Veracruz
SKU: MXM-127

Moro de Carnaval mask - Plan de Palmas, Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico, early 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil and mineral-based paints.
6" w. x 7 1/2” h. x 4” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

Matachines Mask
SKU: mxm-112

Dance of the Matachines. El Arenal, Yahualica, Hidalgo, Mexico,
wood, oil and water-based paints
(6 3/4" w. x 5 3/4" d. x 8" h.)

Diablo (Blue Devil) Mask (#mxm113)
SKU: mxm113

Manuel Abeiro Horta Ramos
Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico,
wood, oil enamel
(8" w. x 7 1/2" d. x 9 1/2" h.)

Moor Mask
SKU: MXM-129

Moor Mask - Guerrero, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil-based paints.
6" w. x 9 1/2” h. x 3 1/2” d.
Ex. Brand collection.