Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mexico
  • mask, late 1800s–1989
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • goat horns, cactus wood, paint, teeth, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 42.5 x 27.5 x 17.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 3/4 x 10 13/16 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift of Edward L. Ruhe
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4920

The mask is carved to resemble a human-like face with large pointed ears, a prominent nose and goat horns. It is red with black and white details on the cheeks, nose and ears. It has black brows. The eyes are white with blue irises and black detail. There are cutouts above for the wearer. There are curved animal teeth on either side of a long, curling red tongue with black detail on the bottom. There are black and white tick marks along the jaw.