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Guatemala Squirrel Folk Dance Mask, 'Yellow Squirrel'

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Guatemala Squirrel Folk Dance Mask, 'Yellow Squirrel'

5.0 (artist rating)

This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More

Available in 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More

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Floral motifs adorn a smiling yellow squirrel, crafted and painted by hand. By Jose Canil Ramos, this mask is used in the Dance of the Deer, which celebrates a successful hunt. The music is performed by a marimba and the different characters in the story are identified by the dancer's mask. The ears are disassembled for shipping.

Made in Guatemala

  • Pinewood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • 0.41 kgs
  • 0.9 lbs
  • 20 cm H x 15 cm W x 10 cm D
  • 7.75" H x 6" W x 3.9" D
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Jose Canil Ramos

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Jose Canil Ramos from Central America.

 

Meet the Artist

Jose Canil Ramos

Jose Canil Ramos

5.0 (artist rating)

"Most of the time I work with the idea of something, rather than with its photo, because I feel it hampers my inspiration and then I'm not happy with the final product."

"I was born on May 25, 1981 in Chichicastenango and I learnt my craft from my father. He used to carve masks and saints... to sell at the Chichi market. This is a very famous market because artisans from all surrounding villages come to sell their creations, and therefore has become a great tourist attraction. For that reason, market days are very important to my family.

"When I was younger dad would only allow me to sandpaper a piece, and as I got older he would let me paint too. It wasn't until I was older that he'd finally let me carve the wood.

"I've always loved this craft and I used to spend hours practicing, but it meant that my school work suffered and I barely managed to study. With a lot of effort and hard work I manage to finish middle school when I was 22 years old. I would like to keep on studying now, I would like to become an accountant but there is no one to help me in the workshop right now, so for the moment I can't.

"I remember well the first piece I ever did completely on my own: an angel. I put it among the things my father took to the market to sell, and then I lost track of it! I hope it got sold to someone who appreciated it because at the time I was only an apprentice.

"I like to develop new styles so I am constantly studying the art work in churches and books for inspiration. I study every little detail to make sure I can replicate it. I start with sketching the piece, then I make a prototype. Most of the time I work with the idea of something, rather than with its photo, because I feel it hampers my inspiration and then I'm not happy with the final product.

"I enjoy this craft because not only is it beautiful, but it is forever linked to the culture and traditions brought over by the Spanish. They introduced us to their saints and some of the masks were worn for dancing.

"I've been dedicated to this craft for years, and I still feel that I continue to improve. Now I share a workshop with my mother. Thanks to the Almighty we have been able to keep afloat without my father, who passed away 18 years ago. This was one of the hardest blows I've received in my lifetime, because I was only 10 years old and I felt lost without his guidance. On top of that was seeing the devastation caused by his drinking and the effects it had on my family, that's why I swore I would never ever touch a drop of alcohol.

"I usually work every day because of the country's difficult economic situation. But when I do get around relaxing, I enjoy painting and carving more delicate figurines. They require more time and I see it as a challenge to refine my skills.

"I also enjoy observing clients' response to my work, especially when they complement me. It fills me with great happiness and makes me want to work even harder."

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BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
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HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
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CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

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inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

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