Mexican puppets

Mexican puppets relating to tiger dances and rituals.

I went to Mexico (the State of Nayarit) in 2007. I found several small tiger masks and sculptures in a huge market in Guadalajara. This market sold everything including ornate saddles, whips, hats, cowboy boots, machetes, food, trainers and magic potions!

This is one of a pair of Mexican ‘puppets’ (jointed at the shoulders and hips) which are carved from wood and brightly painted. They are the size of a small child and they were bought from the oldest ethnic gallery in Puerto Vallarta made famous by the Night of the Iguana film. I have yet to discover their purpose but believe they were carried in a procession or were part of a tiger festival which are still common in Mexico.

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