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Hand-made Mexican masks to greet visitors at New Taipei museum

2012/05/08 20:48:52

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Visitors to the Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology in New Taipei will get a chance to experience authentic Mexican culture, the organizers of a new exhibition said Tuesday.

The free show, set to open the following day, will feature 48 hand-made Mexican masks and is part of an Asian tour set up by the Mexican government, said the Mexican Trade Services Documentation and Cultural Office in Taipei, which is organizing the event.

After touring two cities in China in 2011 and Singapore and the Philippines this year, Taiwan will be the last leg of the tour, the office told CNA.

All the masks but one were selected from the collection of Mexican Professor Estela Ogazon and his fellow countryman, anthropologist Jaled Muyaes, the office said, adding that Martin Munoz Ledo Villegas, the office's head, will also share his collection with the public.

Masks play an important role in Mexican culture and the exhibition, the first of its kind to be held in Taiwan, will give visitors a good idea of the variety of Mexican masks, Munoz Ledo said.

The masks are all hand-made out of wood, fur, metal, paper and other fabrics, and date between 1959 and 1990. They capture the diversification of Mexican customs and culture, the organizers said.

The event will run until July 29.

(By James Lee)