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Botarga mask

  • Mask © Ministerio de Cultura

    Mask © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Rites, worship and beliefs

Date

20th century

Artist

Hermenegildo Alonso Herranz, el Mere

Original title

Careta de Botarga
Guadalajara Museum
Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha
Guadalajara

One of the typical elements of the botarga, a distinctive character associated with the traditional winter festivities in various parts of the region of Guadalajara.

The botarga is a character connected to today’s religious celebrations. Its origins are thought to date from pre-Roman times and to be related with fertility rites.

The mask is one of the typical attributes of this figure, together with the brightly coloured costume, the truncheon, the castanets and the cowbells tied around his waist.

It is made of brightly painted walnut wood. The face resembles a devil, with an open mouth, pointed teeth, small cloth ears and whiskers, eyebrows, a beard and hair made of horsehair stuck onto cloth.

It was produced in the “El Mere” workshop in Arbancón, which has made an extensive series of pieces for the botargas in the northern part of the region.
 

Details of the work

Object
Mask

Dimensions
Height = 27,50 cm; Width = 13 cm; Thickness = 5 cm.

Technique
Carved

Material
Wood; Sheet

  

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