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Faces of Mexico - Ethnic Art Gallery
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

This is a great little discovery tucked away in a hidden niche in the middle of Todos Santos. Every square centimeter of this art gallery/store is covered with ethnic art. Once you enter it definitely will get your attention and stimulate your spirit.

Entering this shop is like going back in time to experience authentic Mexican ethnic art, an art form which combines religion, social, spiritual and aesthetic elements. Mexican masks date to the Olmec civilization and there are 2 basic types: the primitive indigenous masks and masks that have been carved after the Spanish influence.

The masks are originally from a collection of Constantine Kiehnle who explored all over Mexico in the early 1900's seeking sources of silver. During his explorations he commenced collecting authentic Mexican masks some dating to the early 1800's.

Constantine's son, Kersten Kiehnle, has been entrusted with the collection. The works have been exhibited in the United States and Europe. Kersten plans to open a museum in the very near future to honor a unique part of Mexican history and display for the public a portion of the Mexican heritage.

You can find an amazing collection of very old authentic ethnic masks which are the main focal point of the gallery. The masks on display represent the traditional themes of animals, saints, angels, and devils. You will also find an eclectic collection of other ethnic art and art crafts including art on hand made paper, antique jewelry and paintings, old maps and post cards, crosses, hearts, intriguing symbols in silver, frames small figurines and much more.

The ethnic art gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
Just stop by, history doesn't need telephones or email.

Faces of Mexico is located on Calle Marquez de Leon between Calle Juarez and Calle Centenario.

Faces of Mexico - Ethnic Art Gallery
Marquez de Leon between Juarez and Centenario
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, CP 23305 Mexico

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Last Revision - 25 July 2008 - jat
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico