Mexican Mask for Sale
By Brewster Brockmann
Masks are of course essential to this break with reality
that is the meaning and marrow of mexican fiestas. A
break with reality that heightens reality to a tension,
reaching into and breaking through to another
dimension that throughout time mystics, poets, and
artists always search for, and sometimes find.
The masks in this collection are ritual objects that
have been worn in ceremonial performances from
various ethnic groups in Mexico. They embody the
mysticism, magic, and religion of the cultures who
produce them to define the fervor, the ethic, and the
vigor of their communtities. Negritos, tigres, diablos,
moros, and tlacololeros are only some of the other
faces of Mexico.
Galeria Olinala opened its doors in 1978 and remains
the oldest ethnographic gallery in Puerto Vallarta.