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, squares, circles and Xs. The face is a yellow circle with protruding eyebrows and nose, a painted lined moustache, oval eyes with eyelashes, a triangle mouth, and semi-circles on the cheeks and forehead. Long wooden L-shaped ears or wings which fit into the holes of the mask have one side decorated with painted circles, the other with painted triangles.