We carry one-of-a-kind, vintage masks from all parts of Mexico. Masks were an important part of Mexican culture long before the Spanish arrived. Today, masks are mostly found in the southern, central, and northwestern states of Mexico where many Indian populations live.
Masks are still used at many festivals and ceremonial dances. Many of the masked dances are performed to secure happiness and good fortune.
In most areas masks are made by specialists but sometimes dancers make their own. Carved and painted wood is the most common material used. Masks are also made from leather, paper mache, clay, cloth, cardboard, wire mesh, gourds and wax.
We also carry masks from other parts of Latin America including Bolivia and Guatemala, as well as across the globe from such places as India and Africa. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or requests. For more masks, see our Mask Inventory page.