mask (dance & live theatre)

Painted wooden mask, of the type used in the 'Dance of the Seven Sins'. It was bought in 1979, and purchased from an old tailors shop behind the National Palace in Mexico City. The object was fabricated for the art market. The mask is made up of a carved wooden impression of a face. A snake comes out of the mouth, and is held in the beak of an eagle that is attached to the chin of the face. The sides of the are decorated with snakes. Each cheek of the face is decorated with a lizard. The top of the face is decorated with a similar image as to the chin. An eagle holds a snake in its beak and is decorated with snakes on each side. The whole of the mask is decoratively painted with a variety of colours. The face has blue eyes and red lips.

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