Miniature Mask

A work made of wood, gold foil, and shell with pigment and resin.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood, gold foil, and shell with pigment and resin.

Date:

A.D. 1300/1400

Artist:

Possibly Mixtec
Possibly northern Oaxaca, Mexico

About this artwork

Small masks such as this were worn as part of ceremonial attire. Figures representing deities and ancestors were often attached to the costumes of the dancers and performers who enacted mythical and historic dramas during theatrical ritual presentations.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Mixtec

Title

Miniature Mask

Origin

Mexico

Date

1300–1400

Medium

Wood, gold foil, and shell with pigment and resin

Dimensions

H. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1965.782

Extended information about this artwork

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