Vintage Folk Art

Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture

Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture

Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture    Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture
Fish Man: large mask featuring human face with fishtail headdress, paired with suit (traje) painted with fish and adorned with wooden fish. Part of a collection of vintage indigenous Mexican folk art dance masks and costumes from the Guerrero region. Projects from wall; string mounting and wooden dowel included. Acquired in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1995 from reputable Mexican dealer who worked directly with local village artisans. These masks and sculptures were used as part of traditional dance ceremonies used to pray for fertility, farming, and protection of the community, a tradition extending back thousands of years and a well-established part of ritual life in Mexico when the Spanish arrived. Performances typically took place on saints' feast days, Carnival, and civic holidays, with dances, parades, and mock battles. Themes include Christians and Moors, Cortes and Spanish soldiers vs.

Aztecs and other indigenous groups, priests, angels, devils, wild animals, mermaids, fishing, and agriculture. Notable dances include the Tres Potencias (Three Powers), Siete Vicios (Seven Vices), and Los Ocho Locos (The Eight Fools), which grew out of morality plays introduced by Spanish missionaries, where a war between good and evil is acted out with masked characters. One of the signature dances of the Guerrero region is the Danza de los Pescados, bringing good luck to the village fisherman.

Key roles include the (many) fish and the caiman who chases after them. Dimensions: mask - 25x6x10, traje 51x51 in. Colors: yellow, red, green, blue, black. Single previous owner: belonged to my mother, an avid art collector and professional architect; studied art history at Stanford undergrad, specializing in the Americas / folk art. Well cared for in a smoke-free environment.

Please note this is a vintage artwork used in community processionals with visible signs of wear consistent with age and use. Please see additional listings for more from this art collection, including several rare, high-quality pieces of Mexican folk art.

The item "Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture" is in sale since Sunday, July 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Latin American\Mexico\Masks". The seller is "raufuiste" and is located in San Francisco, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Country/Region of Manufacture: Mexico
  • Provenance: Ownership History Available


Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture    Vintage Mexican Dance Mask Costume Fish Man Guerrero Mexico Folk Art Sculpture