Crisencio Molina Maldonado Bird masks

Today we are going to look at bird masks by Crisencio, beginning with a Rooster and a Hen that date to 2004. Here is the Rooster.

P1100186

There is no forehead cross and no place for a cross.

P1100189

This mask is 11 inches tall, 5¼ inches wide, and 6 inches deep.

P1100190

The comb has some damage.

Here is the hen.

P1100176

As with the rooster, this mask has no place for a forehead cross.

P1100179

This mask is 8 inches tall, 5½ inches wide, and 3½ inches deep.

P1100183

This is my tag. I usually remove the tag to provide a cleaner view of the back.

Next is a colorful Parrot Pascola mask

P1100160

There is no forehead cross, but there is an interesting feathered crest carved in relief on the brow.

P1100163

There are many colors.

P1300173

One finds no sign of a chin cross.

P1300175

This mask is 8 inches tall, 5½ inches wide, and 4¼ inches deep.

P1300178

The back is typical for this carver, and unstained from use.

One might think that the next mask portrays an eagle, but the tag states that this is another parrot.

P1300162

This one has a forehead cross.

P1300169

This is a dramatic profile.

P1300164

This parrot has a forehead cross.

P1300166

This mask is 7 inches tall, 5½ inches wide, and 3¾ inches deep.

P1300170

The back meets Crisencio’s usual standard.

This large wood duck dates to 2006.

P1300182

It has no forehead cross.

P1300184

The wood has split  in the middle of the forehead. Occasionally Crisencio carved with wood that had not been given enough time to cure. Maybe that was the cause of this split. Such splits are rare for his masks.

P1300186

There are no crosses.

P1300188

This mask is 8 inches tall, 5½ inches wide, and 5¼ inches deep.

P1300190

The back is unstained.

Now we will compare two more ducks. The smaller one dates to 2008 while the larger one with the bright yellow bill was carved in 2010.

P1120116

When Tom Kolaz purchased the larger mask from Crisencio in 2010, Crisencio informed Tom that this mask depicts a duck that lives in the trees along the banks of the Rio Yaqui.

 

P1120082

There is no forehead cross on this larger duck. The rim design depicts feathers.

P1120086

This mask is 8¼ inches tall, 5½ inches wide, and 3 inches deep.

P1120088

The back is unstained.

Te smaller duck follows.

P1300191

The smaller duck does have a forehead cross.

P1300194

Slits under the eyes, which are very difficult to see, permit vision for the wearer.

This duck has a typical forehead cross for this carver, and a scalloped rim.

P1300196

There is a silly expression.

P1300197

This mask is 7½ inches tall, 5½ inches wide, and 3 inches deep.

P1300199

We see the usual back.

Next week I will show children’s masks by Crisencio.

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