Huichol mask


Collection

Win and Janet Carrick Collection


Identifier

CA23


Artist

Juan Roberto Carrillo


Description

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 These masks evolved from small gourd bowls originally covered in seeds, bone, clay, coral and shell, but these have been replaced by commercially produced beads.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.


Medium

mixed media

Inscription

"Juan Roberto Carrillo"

Width

6.5in

Height

13in

Length

1.5in

Where Made (Country)

Mexico

Related place

Mexico

Name of Donor

Win and Janet Carrick