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Funerary Mask

Type: For Ceremony and Ritual
Object Name: Funerary Mask
Local Name: ya-ko-ko-su-ti-ro
Place Made: South America: Eastern South America, Brazil, Upper Rio Negro
People: Tukano
Period: Mid to late 20th century
Date: 1940 - 1980
Dimensions: L 129 cm x 187 cm circumference
Materials: Bark; plant dye
Techniques: Pounded; pieced; painted
ID Number: T91.0273
Credit: Gift of Dr. Jeanne Cannizzo

This large cone-shaped mask covers the wearer’s body to the knees. It is made of bark cloth from the Tururi tree and painted with vegetable dyes. The face may represent a forest sprite or other human-shaped creature. The top, bottom and small sleeves are stiffened with cane hoops, and palm fringes are tied to the bottom hoop to conceal the man inside.

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