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  • Ecuador
  • mask, late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: Latacunga, Ecuador
  • papier-mâché, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 x 14 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4908

The papier mache mask has a white face and a black hairstyle that curls forward at the ears. It has black eyebrows and a mustache. There are round cutouts for the eyes with rings of blue, gold and pink. There are red lips with a cutout and a blue dot on the chin with rings in gold and pink and gold.

The mask is used in the Festival of Inocentes, from 28-Dec to 6-Jan.