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, cotton
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 x 17 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4911

The wooden mask is carved to resemble a human face with a prominent nose and a wide smile. It has round cutouts in the eyes that replace the iris. The mouth is open to reveal white teeth and a red tongue. It is a white face with black brows and red swoops on each cheek and red lips. There is a large black bump at the top of the head with remnants of plant fibers. The plant fiber string is knotted at either side and knotted to the shoelace attached at the top of the mask.

This mask was used in fiestas all year.