Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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jaguar mask
  • Mexico
  • jaguar mask, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood, peccary hair, plastic, teeth, leather?, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 47 x 49 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4918

The wooden mask is carved to resemble a jaguar face. It has cutouts under the eyes but the jaguar eyes are black and white plastic. It is mostly yellow with small black designs. The brow is black and the area under the brows, around the eyes, cheeks and mouth is green. The brows, nose and stripe down the head are black. The red mouth is open with real animal teeth of some kind visible on either side and a red synthetic leather tongue in the middle. The synthetic leather ears at the top are painted yellow with small black designs. The brows and the area around the mouth have tufts of peccary hair inserted at regular intervals.