Dance mask

This is worn for the “Dance of the Conquest” which marks the death of Tecún Umán, the last K’iche’ Maya hero who resisted the Spanish and who died in battle in 1524. Two green Quetzal birds, the national symbol of Guatemala, frame his face.

Object Summary

Museum Number 185/2008/11
Simple Name mask
Full Name mask of Tecun Uman
Common Name dance mask
Production country Guatemala
Material wood
Collection class Religion and magic
Collection continent America
Collection area/region CENT
Production parish Cakchiquel
Production town Chichicastenango
Production county Quiche
Production continent Latin America and the Caribbean
Production year high 2007
Cultural group Maya
Function name dance mask