South America

Piaroa-Huarime character mask

Q:  I know this mask is from the Amazon. Alma, 1830

A:  It would help to know from whom, when and where you got it; and how much you bought it for.

These Amazon Indians live on the Orinoko River between Colombia and Venezuela. They’re unusual looking masks are made of blackened beeswax which has been caved and colored with white clay. The base and fabric are also of natural materials found in the surrounding jungle. I don’t know who this character represents, but it was made to be used used in ceremony or sold to exploring tourists. There are many different masks depicting gods and animals as well. Some come with long skirts in various styles. Nowadays they all can be bought on the internet.  B+











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