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Hand made masks by the Quichua Indians of
the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. They are traditional masks worn during the dancing
for the Corn Harvest Festival. There is a face on the back of the mask as well as
on the front so that the evil spirits cannot follow the dancer. These
masks are very traditional and collectible. No two are alike.
|Large Approx. 22" x 15". Item DME1 - $46.99
Small Approx. 17" x 11". Item DME2 - $32.99
These Dance masks are of wood and are hand carved
and painted masks by the Quichua Indian of Ecuador.
|Approx. 13" x 9". Item DME3 - $180.99
||Approx. 13" x 9". Item DME4 - $180.99
Yekuana Indians [more about the
The Yekuana (Yeh-QUA-nah)
Indians are a very traditional tribe living along the riverbanks in the Amazon
rain forest in Venezuela. The Yekuana are the tribe described by South
Americans as "finished," meaning that they have an advanced culture.
They are very intelligent and amicable. They are known as the best bongo
makers, burning the center out of huge trees to make the dugout canoes not
only for their own people, but other tribes in the area. They are also known
as the most skilled basket weavers. They also are master wood carvers making
masks, ritual weapons, stools, and sculpture.
Piaroa Indians [more about the
The Piaroa Indian
tribe is very traditional in its celebrations and dancing. The masks and figures
below are made for the Warime dance which is a yearly cleansing ceremony as well
as an initiation ceremony for young men. Participants cover themselves totally
in bark or fiber costumes with masks that represent animal or mythological
spirits. Masks and figures are intricately made with a basket form which is then covered
in beeswax molded to the characters they wish. Details are painted in clay and a
fiber or bark fringe is added. Small masks are worn on the hands like puppets.
Mask and figure making is done only by men. A special hut is built in which the men make
the masks in the weeks preceding the ceremony. The process is guarded from the
women of the tribe. Only a few Piaroa are still mask makers. Because it is a
dying art, these are rare and unusual collector's items.
Guahibo Indians [more about the
Guahibo Indians (Gwah-hee-boh)
live in the Amazon Basin of South America. Both men and women make a variety of
handcrafts. The women make dolls from bark and fiber, decorated with seeds. They
also weave baskets and hair barrettes using a coil technique with fibers
found in the rain forest as well as traditional skirts and dresses with cloth
made of pounded palm fibers. The Guahibo men are accomplished wood carvers,
carving ritual weapons or sculptures.
dolls are hand made and feature dresses of pounded bark or loose or woven
fibers. These dolls include a fiber string on the head so that the little girls
can "put them away" by hanging them with the other family belongings.
|These dolls feature a woven dress of fiber. No two alike
they average from 8" to 10" tall. Item VzD860 - $11.50
||These dolls feature dresses made of pounded bark cloth. No
two alike they average from 8" to 10" tall. Item VzD859 -
|A huge variety of colorful finger puppets, all hand knit in
Peru. Ave. size 3" to 4". Item PrD15 - $2.75 each
Huichol Indians [more about the Huichol Indians]
The Huichol are the most traditional Indian
tribe in Mexico today. They live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Central
Mexico. Their villages are very isolated and insular. They still dress in the
traditional fashion and follow their native belief systems.
The dance of the Little Old Men is a traditional
dance performed in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico by the Indians in the
area of Patzcuaro. The humorous dance was meant to make fun of the government
officials sent to the area by the Spaniards. Usually the Spaniard sent old men
to govern this isolated area of Mexico hence the portrayal of the Spaniards as feeble
old men with canes. This figure is made of hand carved wood and set on a
wooden base. His clothing features hand woven and embroidered details. He also wears a tiny straw hat festooned with ribbons. Note the very pink skin and
hooked nose, the long white hair is made of natural fibers. Stands approx.
9 inches tall.
Item MxD229b - $27.25
Fantastically detailed mask of Don Quixote in beautiful
natural wood by a master Mexican Wood Carver - Must see to appreciate
10" x 8". Item MxD1767 - $72.99
Hmong Hilltribe of Northern Thailand
The Hmong are divided into two sub-groups found in the mountainous regions
of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. This ethnic group originates in western
China. For a long time the Hmong have supported themselves by the cultivation
of the opium poppy. Most of the Hmong people are turning from opium growing,
and are now seeking to market their exquisite needlework in order to
supplement their income. Hmong women traditionally make clothing for their
families. Their clothing is richly decorated with magnificent embroidery and
silver jewelry. Blue Hmong women wear pleated skirts with bands of red, blue
and white that are intricately embroidered. Jackets are of black satin, with
wide embroidered cuffs. They also may traditionally add piece work and
pleating to their work. A traditional motif is an appliquéd sun. Much of the
embroidery is done with very tiny cross stitching.
Sulawesi - Torajaland
The island of Sulawesi is a part of Indonesia. The most traditional
area on the island is called Torajaland or Tana Toraja which means people of
the mountains. In this mountainous area many people still follow the way of
the ancestors. The most important event in their lives is their death when
their souls are released. A Torajan funeral is a very expensive affair.
Sometimes the body will be kept at home for months to years in order to save
for a funeral. When the person is buried, a life like sculpture of them is
carved. These effigy's are called Tau Tau. Tau Tau serve an important function
for both the dead and the living. They are placed at the graves and also in
the homes to protect and bless the living.
|This beautifully carved Tau Tau is a pregnant house Tau
Tau. This effigy would guard over the household and family, particularly
any members that are pregnant. The left hand is held vertically to ward
off evil from the family and the right is held flat to receive
blessings. The forearms are removable and held in with wooden pegs. This
rare and collectible Tau Tau stands 22" tall. Item TrD1847 -
||Close up showing the decorative carving on the breasts,
stomach, and wrists.
|Grandfather and Grandmother Tau Tau set of hand carved
wood, fabric, and fiber. Figures stand approx. 8 1/2" tall. Item D
DDSu1 - $32.50
Bali is a very traditional island in Indonesia.
They have a long tradition of mask making. Their masks are hand carved of wood
|Hand Carved ( Zebra only) Mask approx. 20" tall.
Item DMB1 - $26.50
These Budda masks are carved in the style of the
long eared Thai Budda and are of wood, hand carved in
Bali. Although as you can see, the style is alike, no two faces are carved
|XLg. white washed, approx. 20" tall. Item BaD578 -
||XLg. gold leaf, approx. 22" tall. Item BaD573 - $53.25
|Gold leaf, approx. 10" tall. Item BaD698 - $34.25
||White washed, approx. 10" tall. Item BaD588a - $26.75