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  • Alfareria Victor Soteno
    active: Mexico
  • mask, 1989
  • Where object was made: Metepec, México
  • ceramic, wire
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32.5 x 24 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/4 x 9 7/16 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4923

The ceramic mask is not intended to be worn. It is made of orange clay. It has a human-like face with pig-like ears and a pig-like nose and a mouth above a human-like mouth. There are small tusks on either side of the pig mouth but they are medial to a handlebar mustache. It has cutouts for eyes and a human mouth. The mask is further elaborated with flowers on wire stems, and a large flower at the top center of the forehead with birds on either side. There are female figures, each holding a long object, on each cheek and a male figure, wearing a hat, on the chin.