Antique Painted Copper Butterfly Mask from Mexico

Antique Painted Copper Butterfly Mask from Mexico

This type of antique, copper, Mexican festival mask is very hard to find today.

You can occasionally find painted tin ones but even they are not common, and not quite as old as the copper ones. Painted copper masks were traditionally from the Guerrero Sierra in Oaxaca, Mexico. This one dates from the early 20th C. It has been in my personal collection for over three decades.

The design harkens back to Aztec/Pre-Columbian traditions and is quite striking. Butterfly was a symbol of Venus and a symbol of fire and the fire god in Pre-Hispanic times. Maybe the red eyes allude to this… Butterfly Mask is 12” high and 16” wide.

This one of a kind creation would make striking contribution to any collection...