Central American Masks(90 items)
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Featured Reviews on Central American Masks
perhaps the best of the Mayan masks
This is perhaps the best of the Mayan masks of this type. Its a great size. The figure almost looks like he is sleeping. Im very happy to have it.
great for the mask collector
bought as a gift to go with the Mayan Queen. Both our giftees ,and ourselves, were very impressed with the details the artist added. We will enjoying visiting it and our friends, too.
both our friends and ourselves were impressed with all the detail----we bought it and another as a pair for their mask collection
Jose Canil Ramos Wood sculptures
"Most of the time I work with the idea of something, rather than with its photo, because I feel it hampers my inspiration and then I'm not happy with the final product."
Popular Central American Masks
Collectible Ceramic Mask from Central America, "Maya Glyphs"$67.99
With eyes closed, a man seems to sleep peacefully. Oscar Rodolfo Mendoza works in ceramic to create a replica of the funeral masks used by the ancient Maya. Hieroglyphs painted by hand tell the story of the fallen personage, usually with numbers to indicate dates. Modern artisans utilize the same materials and techniques as in pre-Hispanic times, achieving the red, yellow and orange colors from annatto seeds.
Pinewood Grinning Skull Mask Crafted in Guatemala, "Afterlife Friend"
Offering friendship from the afterlife, this skull mask makes a striking addition to any home. Guatemalan artisans Juan and Carolina create this petite design, which is carved from a single piece of pinewood and painted entirely by hand with floral motifs and intricate designs. The grinning skeleton's eyes are framed by dark sockets that add to its cartoony appeal, and the nose features a hole that runs all the way through.
Hand-Carved Cultural Wood Devil Mask from Guatemala, "Dance of the 24 Devils"
In the town of Ciudad Vieja, or the Dance of the 24 Devils, is a cultural performance that reminds the audience of God's eternal supremacy. Guatemalan artisans Juan and Carolina draw inspiration from this festival as they create this mask, which is hand-carved from a single piece of pinewood in the shape of a devil's face. A cord of agave fiber on the back allows this mask to be hung from a wall.
Guatemalan Day of the Dead Skeleton Pinewood Mask, "Skeleton King"$84.99
Covered with bright flowers, a grinning skull wears a golden crown. Jose Canil crafts a mask to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Guatemala. "The sculpture's bright colors are a reminder that death is nothing more than the beginning of something new," he says. "In the next life, we are all equal and each of us is a king or queen. We will want for nothing."