South America

Amazon Indian mask

Q:   This mask measures 10″ high by 7″wide.  A tag inside says it is from Columbia.  An interesting feature is that the wooden ears are tied to the back of the natural  fiber covering, and they extend out when worn.  I got this one on eBay for $35 last winter.  Thank you for any comment.    Alfredo, 1327

A:  Colombia extends into the northwest part of the huge Amazon basin. According to Barbara Braun in the Arts of the Amazon, there are at least seven native cultures occupying this area. My guess would be the Guahibo people made it. What Alfredo thinks are ears could also be teeth or horns. I haven’t seen this kind of mask before. B

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