Once one of the most advanced civilizations in the world, the Mayans created many types of artful masks that were very symbolic in their culture. These Mayan ceremonial masks were an integral part of society, made for many different purposes ranging from funeral ceremonies to protecting noblemen in the afterlife. Mayan god masks and tribal masks were some of the most common in Central America, but another popular symbol was the Jaguar, representative of the four elements - earth, fire, air, and water. The jaguar masks were believed to transform humans into beings with magical powers. NOVICA’s modern artisans of Central America continue the tradition of using materials like pine wood, jade, ceramics and annatto seed to create designs that are highly reminiscent of the original maya face masks.