Harkening back to Meso-American times, these Mayan masks invoke the mystery and exuberance of a raw and unadulterated culture. Mayans had a unique, ritualistic and real connection to nature, art and astrological systems. These masks embody all aspects of these connections, from the mix of angular and curved lines to the stark contrast of the color schemes and carved figures. These masks celebrate human history and the mystery of life.
Federico Jimenez, originally from the tiny village of Tututepec, Mexico resides in Southern California where he has been collecting and making jewelry for many years. Today he is a world renowned authority on Mexican silver, Pre-Columbian and Mixtec (pronounced “Mishtek”) jewelry. He became interested in Meso-American art in his late teens when he and his father uncovered a pre-Columbian Mixtec Indian pectoral chest plate buried under their house. With the sudden ownership of the ancient…
Meso-American art in the DeYoung Museum
Curanderismo is the Meso-American system of healing. Art: Diego Rivera, El curandero
PETIT MASQUE ANTHROPOMORPHE CULTURE MAYA MEXIQUE CLASSIQUE, 600-900 AP. J.-C. SMALL MAYA STONE MASK, MEXICO
Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City. In 1931, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City