ART FROM ANCIENT LANDS

Colima Shell Mask - PF.3942
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high
Catalogue: V20
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Colima
Medium: Shell

This mask touches and exhilarates centers of life beyond our present reality. It serves as a means of transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary, the natural to the supernatural. The mask has always been used as a ritual agent of transformation in Meso-America. The ritual wearer of this mask, the shaman, not only represented the God; he was the God. He manifested the life force. Through that ritual transformation joining the worlds of spirit and nature, man and god fused in the zone of mysterious transition marked by the mask itself. This mask is the seat of the soul, where the outer and inner worlds meet. We are left to ponder over the mysteries of the universe hidden behind this mask, and the awakened insights it has brought to our own inner spirits. - (PF.3942)

 

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