A rare, vintage catrín (dandy) mask from Tlaxcala, Mexico. The catrín mask is used in Carnival solely in Tlaxcala, and the skill of Tlaxcalan carvers is legendary. Masks of this age and quality are exceedingly hard to find. They are hand-carved from extremely thin wood and hand-painted. Modern masks are cruder and mechanically airbrushed. The older masks like this one often have a metal wire and spring rig attached the eyelids, with a string that comes out of a hole in the bottom of the mask. By pulling the string, the dancer can make the eyes blink or wink at nearby ladies.
Ethnicity: Nahua / Mixtec
Materials: wood, enamel paint, gilding, horsehair eyelashes, metal hardware, glass eyes, string, leather strap
Dimensions: 8″ x 6.25″
Please note that the gold foil on the tooth is only weakly attached.