1987.16.12

Mask from the Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The face has three snakes twined around it. [SM (Verve) 20/02/2013]

Place details: M AMERICA. Mexico. Guerrero Quechaltenango. Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Wood Plant / Pigment / ?. Processes: Carved / Painted / Perforated / ?. Colour: Red Green White Yellow Dimensions: Max L = 285 mm Max W = 180 mm Field Collector: Anthony Shelton When Collected: 1985 PRM Source: Anthony Shelton Acquired: Purchased 1987 (Friends of PRM) Documentation: See correspondence in RDF PRM Image: Neg A13 F21 7-8; Collections Digital Reference Photo 20/02/2013

KEYWORD: Mask / Animal Figure / CLASS: Mask / Dance / Religion / ?.

Object description: Mask from the Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The face has three snakes twined around it. The face is painted white with green and red highlights. The snakes are red with red and green stripes and yellow with red and green stripes. The mask is perforated above the eyes, at the nose and at the mouth. [SM (Verve) 20/02/2013]

Mask from the Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins. These masks were previously known by the names of the sins they represented, but these have now been forgotten and they are referred to as devil masks.

The face has 3 snakes twined around it. Quechaltenango is the only place in Guerrero where masks of this kind are found. This example has been repainted and could be about 30 years old.

Purchased from a dealer in Mexico in 1985.

Pitt Rivers Museum label [removed from object and placed in related documents file] - MEXICO, GUERRERO, QUECHALTENANGO Devil mask Purch. Anthony Shelton 1987.16.12 [SM (Verve) 20/02/2013]