These split chunga palm leaf and natural dyes masks are created by Emberá (a related, but distinct tribe from the Wounaan) basket weavers. Originally these masks were woven inspired by the jaibaná’s (medicine people, or shamans) carved balsa wood masks hung around the interior of a dwelling where rituals take place. Some masks are representations of fantastic beings, whereas others are recognizable animals.
This particular wall mask features an odd fantastical animal – perhaps a forest spirit?
- Tribe: Emberá
- Type of Artwork: Basketry Woven Masks
- Size: 14″ x 12 1/4″ (35.5cm x 31 cms)