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Mexican Masks: Their Uses and Symbolism Hardcover – June, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr; First Edition edition (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292750501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292750500
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Ponce on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
In designing a lesson plan on Mexican masks for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University, I found the Donald Cordry Exhibit Catalogue to be one of the most informative sources. Griffith's introduction to the book is clearly written, and well organized. But Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the book is the great number of color plates that accompany the text. It is precisely these illustrations that give this book its flavor. The plates feature masks from different regions of Mexico, especially from the state of Guerrero. Other mask-making traditions represented in this collection are those of the Mayo and Yaqui tribes from Sonora. Their famous "pascola" masks, for example, are among the most strikingly wonderful pieces that one can admire and read about in this book. The catalogue is only sixty-four pages long. But in spite of its short length, it serves well as an introductory source to the mysterious world of masks and masked performances. The high-quality photos alone (thirty-four total) make it well worth it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peg Face Al on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
During his lifetime, Donald Cordry was a respected collector, a veritable walking encyclopedia on the folk arts of Mexico. His research on Indian costumes is highly respected. Unfortnately, Cordry's mask book, published postumously,is a testament to how even a knowledgible collector can be duped by unscrupulous dealers. Many of the masks represented in the book doubtless are genuine. But many are not. It's a pity, but some of the most skillfully carved and creative masks are, in essence, fake. The state museum of Arizona bought more than 500 of Cordry's masks shortly before his death -- again proving that even the experts can be fooled. This is a gorgeous book. The pictures are great, and the "masks" simply breath-taking. Buy and marvel -- but don't believe too much of what you read.
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By nmcil on November 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I can't speak to the authenticity of the masks from the traditions and the historical significance - but as pieces of art - the masks are awesome. I have this book and I always love looking at the images.
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