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  • Ecuador
  • mask, late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: Latacunga, Ecuador
  • papier-mâché, paint, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17.5 x 14.5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 7/8 x 5 11/16 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4909

The papier mache mask resembles a clown. The two strings at the back keep it on. It has a white field and a black semicircle at the top and a yellow semicircle on either side of the forehead. It has black brows, a diamond in the center of the forehead, a triangle outline on the cheeks and a solid circle on the chin. It has yellow eyelids, a dot on each cheek and an arch on either side of the chin. There is a dark blue arch on either side of the forehead diamond, under the eyes, and accents to a triangle on the cheeks and arches on the chin. There is a red circle at the end of the nose with a black outline and red lips. There are cutouts for the eyes, nostrils and mouth.

This mask was used in the festival of Inocentes from 28-Dec to 6-Jan.