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Guerrero State Old Man's Antique Dance Mask

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A superb example of a Guerrero State Indian dance mask for "Danza de los Viejitos" translated in English as "The Old Man's Dance," which is preformed many ways in many States and regions. Sometimes by young boys, who go about on canes, walking like the elderly, but then suddenly dancing in a comical way, but not to make fun of the elderly, but to begin to understand their own destiny which I like. At 71 I love the whole idea of the dance. Collected in the '80's. Varieties of this dance can be found all over Mexico, with dancers of all ages. I was taken by the custom in some places of younger men playing the role. Culturally it reminds me of a Gurdjieff exercise.

A close up shows how the horse hair is attached with tar.

It is: 15" long, 8" wide and 5" deep

Guerrero State Old Man's Antique Dance Mask


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: leather, cloth lining, paints, tar, cloth lined, horse hair
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 279 reviews
  • Favorited by: 14 people