This enigmatic mask represents a neo-tropical mammal – which kind is hard to tell and that is typical with many of these woven chunga palm masks created by the talented weavers of the Embera tribe of the Darien region of Panama.
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, such as this mask, whereas others are recognizable animals of this region.
- Tribe: Emberá
- Type: Woven Mask
- Size: 13 1/2″ length