Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Alejandro Jacho
    born: Saquisilí, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
  • mask, late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: Latacunga, Ecuador
  • capuli wood, enamel paint, plant fiber, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 18.5 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4899

The black mask depicts a human face with a prominent nose and smiling lips. The eyes have round cutouts with a blue ring around each. The lips are open to reveal white teeth and a red tongue. The twisted plant fiber cord at either side by the eyes and the top of the forehead is knotted at the back to keep the mask on the wearer's head. There is a metal plate on the back side of the mouth.

This mask was used in fiestas all year.