This particular mask represents a harpy eagle.
These split chunga palm leaf and natural dyes masks are created by the Emberá (a related, but distinct tribe from the Wounaan) basket weavers. Originally these masks were woven inspired by the jaibaná (medicine people, or shamans)’s carved balsa wood masks hung around the interior of a dwelling where rituals take place. Some masks are representations of fantastic beings, as this mask, whereas others are recognizable animals, such as this piece.
- Tribe: Emberá
- Type: Woven Mask
- Size: 14 3/4″ length