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.

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)
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)
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
"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.

$750
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.

$650
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.

$450
Matachines Mask
SKU: mxm-112

Dance of the Matachines. El Arenal, Yahualica, Hidalgo, Mexico,
c.1950's
wood, oil and water-based paints
(6 3/4" w. x 5 3/4" d. x 8" h.)

$390
Diablo (Blue Devil) Mask (#mxm113)
SKU: mxm113

Manuel Abeiro Horta Ramos
Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.2014
wood, oil enamel
(8" w. x 7 1/2" d. x 9 1/2" h.)

$385
Moro Mask (#mxm105)
SKU: mxm-105

Puebla, Mexico,
mid-20th century
wood, oil paint
(7 1/2" w. x 51/4" d. x 8 1/4" h.)

$375
Tecuan Mask - Dance of the Tejorones
SKU: MXM-128

Tecuan Mask - Dance of the Tejorones - Cuatepec, Guerrero, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil-based paints.
6 1/4” w. x 7 3/4” h. x 3 1/2” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$375
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.

$375
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.

$375
Moro Mask
SKU: mxm-099

Carnival - Hidalgo, Mexico,
mid-20th century
wood, oil paint
(6" w. x 3 3/4" d. x 61/4" h.)

$360
Huichol artist
SKU: hcm074

Huichol people, Nayarit, Mexico, c. 1980's
Beads pressed into beeswax on wood mask
(8" w. x 2" d. x 13 1/2" h.)

$350
"Negrito" Mask with Crown from  Michoacan
SKU: MXM-122

Michoacan, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, with crown of steel, paper, string, mirror, misc. materials, with custom steel stand.
6 1/2” w. x 11”h. x 6 1/2” d., not including metal stand.
Ex. Brand collection.

$325