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Vintage Mexican Fariseo or Baltazar Semana Santa Dance Mask

Vintage Mexican Fariseo or Baltazar Semana Santa Dance Mask
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In the Mexican state of Michoacan, where this mask originates, there are dancers who are variously called los Diablos (devils), los Judíos (Judas’), or los Fariseos (Pharisees). These dancers may wear many different masks—devils, menacing or evil characters, skulls, animals, and human faces which imitate the persecutors of Christ - during Semana Santa, or Holy Week.

This large, fantastic Mexican Baltazar Holy Week dance mask is fashioned from real horn and carved wood, and brightly... Click for details

$1,425

Antique, Hand Woven Turkish Dowry Bag

Antique, Hand Woven Turkish Dowry Bag
TX73

DESCRIPTION: A large, colorful Turkish dowry bag, hand woven from wool and bordered with leather straps and handles. The vibrant, multicolored geometric design covers all sides of the bag and the two top flaps. The bag is secured by three long leather straps with buckles that close the bag horizontally, and a leather strap and buckle that secure the two top flaps. Two substantial leather handles are attached to each end for carrying.

Bags like this one were often used to deliver the... Click for details

$1,075

Exceptional Japanese Meji Tsutsugaki Futonji

Exceptional Japanese Meji Tsutsugaki Futonji
TX61

DESCRIPTION: A Meji Period cotton futonji, flamboyantly decorated with a mythical hoo bird flying with wings and feet outstretched into a paulownia tree to perch, a popular wedding motif. Of four panel construction, this futonji is decorated in the freehand paste resist technique, tsutsugaki, having an indigo base and vibrant, multicolored dyes of red, orange, gray, brown, light blue and black. The hoo bird’s tail is majestically displayed above its head, spread in a kinetic... Click for details

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Vintage Mexican Vaquero Festival Dance Mask

Vintage Mexican Vaquero Festival Dance Mask
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DESCRIPTION: An artful and flamboyant Mexican festival vaquero (cowboy / cattle driver) dance mask, the face carved from wood and painted with a black beard and bright red cheeks. Attached to the head is a tin “crown” with wide bull horns and extremely decorative headdress of cut and pierced tin flowers. Embellishing the horns are rows of long, brightly colored ribbons. This mask would have been a festive, celebratory costume worn during the Dance of the Vaqueros, and is in very good... Click for details

$1,250

Vintage, Heavy Wool Persian Horse Blanket / Trappings

Vintage, Heavy Wool Persian Horse Blanket / Trappings
TX73

DESCRIPTION: An extraordinary, thick and vibrantly colored horse saddle blanket, hand woven in Persia, and complete with original plaited rope fringe. Colorful geometric patterns form the ground of this tribal piece (probably Kurdish or Luri), separated by black and white key fret borders. This large textile would be stunning as a wall hanging, throw or rug. Please see the last photo showing how these trappings are actually worn on a horse. Pieces with similar characteristics can also be... Click for details

$475

Large Mexican Festival Santiaguito Jaguar Body Mask

Large Mexican Festival Santiaguito Jaguar Body Mask
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DESCRIPTION: A rare and fantastic Mexican folk art carving of a fierce Jaguar (the only “big cat” of the Americas), fashioned to be worn as a body mask (or Santiaguito) for village dances and festivals. This extraordinary folk art piece consists of the large cat’s body, smoothly finished in its natural color, and carved from one piece of surprisingly light-weight wood. Inset mirrors are spaced over the body, imitating the Jaguar’s spots and lending a festive sparkle.

The beast... Click for details

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