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  • Ecuador
  • mask, mid 1900s–1966
  • Where object was made: Latacunga, Ecuador
  • screen, metal, plant fiber, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 x 15 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/16 x 5 7/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4912

The scoop shaped mask is made of wire screen and edged with metal, identified as a repurposed oil can. The edges are blue. The screen is molded with a nose and slight facial features. The face is pink with black triangles lateral to the eyes, probably representing hair. The eyes are white with blue irises and black eyebrows. It has small red lips under a small mustache of yellow plant fiber.

This mask is used in fiestas all year. It is intended to depict a Spaniard, with blue eyes and blond mustache.