Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Urarina maker
  • mask, late 1800s–1996
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • cardboard, crabshell, cayman skin, paint, paint, pigment, plastic string, cotton string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54.5 x 45 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 7/16 x 17 11/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5168

The mask is made from corrugated board. It is currently flattened, so the original shape is unknown. It has large ears at the sides of the top that are black with panels of cayman skin. The painted face has cartoon-like eyes and a crab carapace for a nose held on with red plastic string. There are panels of cayman skin at the upper facing left corner of the face and the facing right side of the face. The rectangular corrugated panels on either side of the bottom are painted black.

It was intended to be worn during a carnival.