A KOBEUA PAINTED BARK CLOTH DANCE COSTUME ‘TAKÜ’
Provenance: Artist Reinier Lucassen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amazonian Body mask with attached arms and painted mantle. These dance costumes are the most complex ensembles made in the North West Amazon. These full-body masks are worn for the mourning, or ónyo (“weeping”), ceremony, a multiday ritual held approximately a year after an individual’s death. Made and worn by men, the masks do not come alive until they are danced, thereby creating a connection between ancestral and present-day worlds.
Cf: Arts of the Amazon, Barbara Braun, page 88,.
The Cubeo live along the forested banks of the Uaupés River in Brazil and Colombia,
Long, full-body mask of bark cloth with natural color fiber fringe at bottom, 1.45 x 46 cm, good condition
Price: € 2.800,-