Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mexico
  • mask, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • deer fur, wood, ink?, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.5 x 19.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/8 x 7 5/8 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4922

The roughly carved wooden mask resembles a human face. The nose is wide and flattened. The wedge-like eyes are set-in with rectanguglar cutouts for the wearer. The black pupils are drawn under the cutouts. It has red lips with light brown wooden teeth. There are tufts of deer fur for a mustache and goatee. The tufts on either side of nose may be eyebrows. There is a wide orange-brown band at the perimeter, the remainder of the face is a greyish color.

There is string at the back for hanging.