These large sized (for the Xuana family) Oaxacan wood carvings were carved and painted by Ana Xuana of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. I take a small bus called a "collectivo" to get to their town, then a tuk-tuk to get to their door. They are a farming family inspired by the animal life close to them.
If you are familiar with the Xuana family's pieces, they are exceptionally well done both in the carving and the painting. These larger sized animal masks feature dots, dashes and colors that are exquisitely done. The meticulous attention to detail on the face painting are signature style of all of the members of the Xuana family. No, I don't know what kind of animal they are--use your imagination!
Signed on the Back
state of origin: Oaxaca
dimensions: 4-4.5" tall by 3-3.5" wide (this is large for the Xuanas--they specialize in miniatures)