Authentic Vintage Miniature Hand-Carved/Painted Yaqui Indian Pascola Dance Mask with Horsehair – 27201
authentic miniature Yaqui Pascola dance mask, carved in the 1970s, with
horsehair. Exceptional quality,
Indians call the Sonoran desert of Mexico – and the bordering Southwestern
United States – home. Descendants of the
Toltec, their ritual dances include a Pascola – a ceremony leader and type of
clown figure – who wears elaborate masks typically including both indigenous
and Christian figures painted on them.
are hand-carved from local wood – often cottonwood – and traditionally painted
black with white with red or orange highlights.
The masks are then adorned with “hair” crafted from horsehair, goat hair
or grass-like agave fiber.
range in size from life-size (and worn during the ceremonial dances) to smaller
versions that were once used for trading with other tribes or sold as
mask, carver unknown, measures 8” in height, 2” in width including the abundant
hair and features a hanging loop.
black and featuring a traditional cross on the forehead, it also has red and
white painted accents with “blond” horsehair.