In rituals, the Wayana-Aparai use these masks in the Cumeeira hut dedication ceremony. Their pointed chins symbolise the pointed base of the central house post which is thrust into the ground at the last stage in the hut’s completion.
The face of Tamoko mask is made with covered arumã fiber beeswax painted with onot (Bixa orellana) mixed with koala-oil (Carapa guianensis) and painted with white kaolin clay (nenuwë) geometric bands. The body is made from long trendils of palm-frond mantles which highly exaggerate the the movement of the dancer.
A full study on the mask can be accessed here.
A rare and special object and to our knowledge just a few masks of this type are outside of Brazil. A Tamoko mask can be seen in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and is the lead piece in a stunning exhibition of Amazonian artefacts.
A mythical, mystical and stunning mask which would be the talking point in any room and can be displayed on a stand or simply hung from the ceiling. A natural mask stand can be produced with purchase.
Dimensions: 160cm (63") x 38cm (15")