Every trip ends with me looking back on all the photos I have taken, many are still great but not enough that I could muster up a story about, however, still an amusing compilation for a blogpost!
After Andy and I had made our way back to Cabo to meet up with Tim and Amanda, we wanted a break from the resort and took a drive up to Todos Santos. We parked the car and walked along the streets and saw a sign advertising for the Faces of Mexico, a small museum and art gallery.
Mexican masks have been known to date back as far as the Olmec civilization, and there are two basic types of these masks: primitive indigenous masks and masks that have been sculpted after Spanish influence.
Kersten Kiehnle inherited his father’s, Constantine Kiehnle collection and decided to open up the gallery to let people view this interesting assortment. In the early 1900s Constantine had traveled all over Mexico in search of silver, and began collecting these authentic masks during his exploration. Some of the masks even date back to the early 1800s. In the shop you will find the masks on display represent the traditional themes of animals, saints, angels and devils.
Kersten also made the shop into a gallery of intriguing collections of art, anything from old maps and postcards, to arts crafted on homemade paper, hearts, crosses and silver.
We had a great time stopping and and took away a piece of Mexican history that I never thought I could find anywhere else. Kersten was in the shop and provided a vast knowledge of the masks and I’m thankful we stopped in.
The rich history and culture has me craving to come back and explore more of Mexico. Four weeks in the Baja peninsula was just not enough time! Thanks for all the memories, and until next time Mexico, adios!