Northern Mexico Pascola Dance Mask
This Pascola Dance Mask comes from Northern Mexico. Pascola translates to "Old Man of the Ceremony" and is derived from the Cahita word Pahko'ola. These masks are typically attributed to the Yaqui or Mayo. This mask is carved from a lightweight wood and has horse or goat hair stitched into it. The mask has a wonderful paint job including the S shapes around the face's rim, small flesh or pink triangular shapes under the chin, and an inlaid Mother of Pearl crucifix on the forehead as well as the chin. The raw wood interior has natural patination at the chin, forehead, and nose.
The wooden mask measures 7 5/8" tall x 5" across. The beard hangs about 9 1/2" below the chin. There are some small areas of loss at the top and bottom of the back's rim and the top chip has a crack leading forward from it. The string tied across the back of the mask was put there by the the former owner for hanging it.
An outstanding example formerly in the collection of the late Wallace Thomson Albertson, Tribal Art Dealer and former owner of Pan America House.