Mask

About this object

Narrative

The donor was a Canadian diplomat in Brazil, in the 1980s. During this time he visited the Amazonian area of Brazil where the Yanomami live.

Physical description

Large, flat mask made using a wooden frame. Frame formed using a long, arching piece of wood, which is attached on either end to a shorter, straight piece of wood. Weaving is mounted within the frame. A very thin piece of wood or plant material is used to divide the centre into an hourglass-like shape, as well as give the piece two circular eyes, and a small fish(?). The eyes, fish and sides are filled with clay painted grey and black, with geometric designs on the sides. Extending out from the arch of the frame, and down from the straight edge is long fringe, created by knotting the fibre along thin plaited straps, which are then attached to the frame.