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Mask

Native NameMunti Xetaya
Object Number:65-10-112
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Cashinahua
Provenience: Peru
Rio Curanja
Culture Area: Amazonia
Section:American
Materials:Resin (material)
Hair
Tooth
Feather
Bead
Height: 24 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Kenneth M. Kensinger, 1965

Description

Gourd half, eyes and mouth cut out; blue, red and yellow parrot feathers glued to forehead and chin; traces of red (achiote) rectilinear design on cheeks; applied black wax (cf. 65-10-56) form ears, nose, brows (?), mouth and tongue; teeth armadillo bone; fur bead; one blue. 1 yellow and black feathers on each side of nose; fragment of bird's eggshell on tip of nose; cord across mask back. Used in fertility and initiantion rites to instill fear of the gods in children.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Gift of Birds: The Featherwork of Native South American Peoples (16 Nov 1991 - 28 May 1994) View Objects in Exhibition

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