|Q: Would like to know if you can tell me anything about this mask? Frank, 1151
A: It is a traditional helmet mask made of natural materials by the Tukuna Indians who can be found in the deep rain forest where Peru, Colombia and Brazil come together. Actually, there are over a 100 sparsely located cultures spread out over a large portion of South America’s Amazon area. Unfortunately, these populations are declining rapidly. There is a book called Arts of the Amazon by Barbara Braun, which will tell you more, and includes many beautiful photos of artifacts, including a number of masks.
Frank, we enjoyed seeing your photos and are hoping you will share more information with us… like from whom, when, where, and how much you paid for this valuable piece. Did you learn anything from the previous owner, etc? A