Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381620216744 Colorful Mexican Carved Wood Animal/Human Mask Latin America, Mexico, probably Michocacan or Guerrero State, ca. early 20th century CE. In Mexico, the strong bonds between human beings and animals really comes through in visual culture, particularly in masks like this example. Here we have an extraordinary mask, probably from the Guerrero region, in the form of a black bird with a pronounced beak and large human eyes, Two serpents that form brows and continue down each cheek, and a hungry looking jaguar with a long curled tail crawling upon the beak. According to Donald Cordry, in his "Mexican Masks" "‘In ancient Mexico the idea of the mystic unity of man and animals was widespread ... The Olmecs, for example, associated themselves with the jaguar and were “able” to transform themselves into men-jaguars and jaguar-men.’ The shaman - ‘a spiritual technician whose soul could travel to the spirit world and cause animal spirits to return to earth so that hunger and want could be averted’ - was held in very high regard in ancient Mexico." Size: 6.75" W x 11.25" H (17.1 cm x 28.6 cm) #113219 Condition: Expected surface wear with minor paint loss as shown. Otherwise intact and excellent. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Nick Poolos, Chicago, IL acquired before 1970. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.