Aztec Three Faced Mask. c1300AD... "The three faces depict three phases in which human time. The central face is jovial and full of the vigor of youth, referring to the time when individuals are during their most productive in a society. The exterior mask has closed eyes, alluding to the opposite phase, death. In between is a period of no less importance, the state that arrives with experience: old age."
As part of our Space Lab class we had to make an animal mask this term (see the previous photos for examples of some other peoples'). I made a giraffe mask, in a very diagramattic form -- I concentrated on just trying to get the shape and most important features. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out -- there are some bits where the shape seems just right -- but by the end of term there were so many very realistic animals around that I felt a bit naked wearing this skeletal mask.
This mask originates from the Oruro region of Bolivia. La Diablada is a masked dance to appease the evil spirit of the mines, and developed an additional meaning after Christianity took hold in the culture - it was adapted to represent good (Archangel Michael) versus evil (Lucifer).