DRAMATIC EARLY GUATEMALAN MASK
Origin: Central America, Guatemala (Provenance: Brant Mackley Hershey Pennsylvania, Ex. Skinners Boston, approx. 2006. Originally owned by a long time collector of tribal masks named Garrett West. Mr. West collected the mask in the 1930's)
Period/Date: 19th-Early 20th century
Materials: Hardwood, fiber, vegetable stain, charcoal pigments
Description: It is unusual to see a Guatemalan mask of this age and intensity. Its expression is witty yet devious having exposed teeth and whiskers. The angle of the eyes and heavy prow animate this mask as it actively changes expression based on each angle it is viewed from! There are pierced holes on the sides and the top allowing it to be strapped to the face. It shows significant age and use having acquired a rich complex patina. There is a very old collection tag on the inside of the mask which reads 56. In good condition with some rubbing and minor abrasions. It is a tribute to the carver's skill, artistry and vision.
Dimensions: Height 8" (20 cm), Width 6 5/8" (14.5 cm)
Reduced Price: SOLD
Notice how the gaze significantly changes when viewed from different angles!