Indian soldier mask, battle of the fifth of may

c. 1910–1930

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Dances that refer to historical events are a widespread feature of fiestas in Mexico and Guatemala. This mask alludes to a battle near the city of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although the Mexican forces were outnumbered by the invading French, Mexico triumphed. Subsequent events gave France a temporary advantage. Popular accounts of the Battle of Puebla (the Battle of the Fifth of May) credit indigenous peoples with Mexico's success, a role that modern historians often dispute. This battle inspired today's Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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  • Title: Indian soldier mask, battle of the fifth of may
  • Date Created: c. 1910–1930
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 7 13/16 x 6 1/8 x 4 in. (19.844 x 15.558 x 10.16 cm)
  • Type: Costume
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3231916/
  • Medium: Wood, paint, horsehair, and nails
  • culture: Nahua
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan E. Boeckman