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)
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.)

$950
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
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)
Dogon Walu Mask
SKU: AFM-06

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

$750
"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
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)
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
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.)

$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
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
Viejo Mask
SKU: MXM-078

Attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012) Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
"maque" lacquer, wood, animal teeth
(6 3/4" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h.)

 

$475
Product Status: 
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Diablo Mask with Reptiles
SKU: MXM-118

Guerrero, Mexico, 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, animal horn, misc. materials.
21” w. x 21" h. x 12” d.
From a private collection.

$395
Product Status: 
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Chivo Mask (#mxm085)
SKU: mxm-085

Carnaval de Chivos - San Bartolo, Hidalgo, Mexico,
c. 1990's
wood, oil paint, goat horn, Horse hair, ribbon, steel wire
(9" w. x 5" d. x 18" h.)

$365
Product Status: 
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Maringuilla Mask (#mxm114)
SKU: mxm-114

Juan José Horta Ramos
Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.2014
wood, oil enamel
(7" w. x 4 1/2" d. x 8" h.)

$325
Product Status: 
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Diablo Mask with Reptiles
SKU: MXM-119

Guerrero, Mexico, 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
8 1/4” w. x 16 1/2" h. x 7 1/4” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$325
Product Status: 
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El Pocho Dance Mask from Tabasco
SKU: MXM-131

El Pocho dance - Teposque, Tabasco, Mexico,
c. 1970's
wood, automotive oil paint,
(6" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h.).
Ex. Brand collection.

 

$325
Product Status: 
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Diablo Mask
SKU: MXM-076

Pastorela dance - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
lacquer, wood, animal teeth, cow horns
(15" w. x 6 1/4" d. x 11 1/2" h.)

 

$320
Product Status: 
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Diablo "Satanas" Mask
SKU: MXM0-077

Pastorela dance - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
lacquer, wood, animal teeth, cow horns
(13" w. x 6 1/4" d. x 11" h.)

$320
Product Status: 
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Negrito Mask
SKU: MXM-123

Michoacan, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
6 1/2” w. x 8 1/4" h. x 4 1/4” d.

$295
Product Status: 
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One-eyed Man - Mexican Moor Mask
SKU: MXM-124

Veracruz(?), Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
6” w. x 6 1/2" h. x 5” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$275
Product Status: 
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Bolivian Mask
SKU: blm02

Dance of Diablado
Bolivia, late-20th cent.
Unpainted tin from recycled alcohol cans
(14 1/2" w. x 12" d. x 15" h.)

According to myth there was once an Andean bear. The origin of the mask could be credited to both the indigenous people, europeans or even the Chinese. The bear appears as a figure in many of the street dances, including the Carnaval and Gran Poder during summer solstice. the entire costume has an aura of humor as then participants must wear a body suit made of fake fur to make themselves look beasty.

$250
Product Status: 
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Bolivian mask
SKU: blm04

Dance of Diablado
Bolivia, late-20th cent.
Unpainted tin from recycled alcohol cans
11" w. x 14" d. x 15 1/2" h.)

The condor has always been a symbol of great power as the master of the sky (though it is more a reminder of past glory of the Andean culture, as they are now rarely seen ). The condor attacking and winning over the bull is the image re-enacted frequently.

 

$250
Product Status: 
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"Maringuilla" Carnival Mask from Veracruz
SKU: MXM-116

Viejito dance, Carnival, Veracruz, Mexico,
mid-20th cent.  Originally part of pair with mask #MXM-117.
Wood painted with oil paints,w/ metal earrings
(7 3/4” w x 7 1/4” h x 4 1/4” d.)

$250
Product Status: 
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Yam Mask, Abelam people
SKU: yam07

Abelam people, Abelam area, Papua New Guinea, late 20th cent.
Woven fiber, organic pigments
(19 1/2" h. x 10 3/4" w. x 6" d.)

$225
Product Status: 
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Luis Carrillo Felix
SKU: hcm072

by Luis Carrillo Felix, Huichol people, Nayarit, Mexico, c. 2005
Yarn pressed into beeswax on wood mask
(5 3/4" w. x 1" d. x 8 3/4" h.)

SOLD
Product Status: 
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