|Q: This was gift from a friend (no longer here) of my husband’s. I have seen nothing similar on the web. I know nothing about it. It appears to be a bat representation. The material may be gourd with raffia. Amy, 1272
A: Your mask probably represents an owl. The Piaroa-Huarime Indians who live in the Northern Amazon region (close to the Orinoko River) use masks that mimic many different creatures. The black coating is actually a kind of wax. This is a beautiful example of one I’ve not seen before. It’s condition is perfect. Where do you think your husband’s friend got it? A
The mask was probably bought by his friend who lived on the coast in Venezuela for a few years a number of years ago. This man now lives in San Diego, and I have texted him for more information, but haven’t heard back yet.