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Created between 1979 and 1982, the museum has carved, wooden Mayan masks portraying a deer, jaguar, dog, and other entities.
On what occasion is this kind of mask used?
Answer: Such masks are used by participants in festival processions and dance-dramas that combine indigenous and Spanish traditions. The collection of masks include depictions of a devil, a deer, a jaguar, a dog, and three depictions of a Ladino, or a person from the dominant, nonindigenous population.
Image: Jaguar mask (2010.01.0219) in the Kieffer-Lopez collection, courtesy of the Spurlock Museum.
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