This mask came from Santa Maria Tilcajate, a Zapotec area. The mask is 10.5 inches tall, 5.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep. It was very old and used when an antropologist bought it in July of 1976. Her original typed note card is included.
Mask in shape of man's face with horse's head on top.
El Dios de los Caballos
According to Manuel Duarte of San Pedro Ixtlahuanca, the mask represents "El Dios de los Caballos".It is worn by the mare while she is giving birth and then the following day it is worn by the owner of the mare.The mask was designed to be worn up on the forehead of the mare and the man, not a full-face mask to look through.