Bureru Spirit Mask

About this object

Iconographic meaning

Represents the bureru spirit (a wader bird living on the shores of the Apaporis river).

Physical description

Long tubular mask made of balsa wood. Mask is a long hollow cylinder with ears or wings (parts b & c) protruding from holes at its sides. It is decorated with black and brown geometric patterns composed of triangles and squares. The face is a brown circle with oval eyes, semi-circle cheeks, a carved mouth and protruding eyebrows and nose. Ears are circular and are decorated with a starburst design on one side.