Saturday, September 05, 2009

Progress on "El Tigre" Mexican Tiger Mask

The papier mache factory is winding down here. I've finished the Easter Island head, its hands, and now it's time to paint the "El Tigre" (called that even though it's actually supposed to be a jaguar) mask, traditionally worn by men who then hit each other over the head with knotted ropes, purportedly to propitiate a god, but probably because guys like to hit each other with knotted ropes.

The "real" ones are made of leather, they have a nice squat quality that's hard to duplicate in paper mache. I documented the whole process at Squidoo.

Here's my version, in progress:



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