TITLE: Diablo Mask
TYPE: face mask
GENERAL REGION: Latin America
DESCRIPTION: Diablo (Devil) mask with curling nose
CATALOG ID: LAMX101
MAIN MATERIAL: wood
OTHER MATERIALS: paint; cotton strips
Carnival is celebrated throughout the Catholic world with parades and other festivities, often including masqueraders. It is the celebration before the fasting season of Lent. In Puebla, as in many other parts of Mexico, Carnival is celebrated with masked dances and parades. This character represents the Devil, a fallen angel and symbol of evil in Jewish and Catholic theology. The choice of short horns and an exaggeratedly upward curled nose is a curious innovation, somewhat reminiscent of the Azteca masks of neighboring Veracruz.