DESCRIPTION: A large, fantastic Mexican folk art carving of a mermaid / merman, fashioned to be worn as a "body mask" during festivals. This extraordinary and well carved piece consists of the bearded head of a merman, two moveable arms with wood dowels, a center circular brace for slipping over the head (worn on the shoulders to support the whole figure), and a gracefully curled fish tail with fins. Painted in bright colors, its condition is excellent with only the expected usage wear. This mask is an outstanding example of Mexican folk art from the late 19th through the early 20th century. PROVENANCE: From the estate of art collector, Dr. Edward Gerber. A very similar merman body mask can be seen in the book, "Traditional Mexican Style Interiors" by Donna McMenamin, p. 23 (hanging from a collector's living room ceiling). DIMENSIONS: 38 1/2" long (97.8 cm) x 13" wide (33 cm) x 13 1/2" high (34.3 cm).