A beaded "kuka" wood mask that includes geometric shapes and animal figures in the design. A traditional folk art of the Huichol people, the “kuka” is a three dimensional ceremonial mask which is decorated by beading. These masks evolved from small gourd bowls originally covered in seeds, bone, clay, coral and shell, but these have been replaced by commercially produced beads. It is from these masks that the modern practice of covering wooden sculptures of snakes, dolls, small animals, jaguar heads and other forms is derived.
"Juan Roberto Carrillo"
Win and Janet Carrick