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A stunning ceramic mask handcrafted by master artisan Salomon Ruiz in fine detail. A specialist in recreating ancient motifs used within the Mochica and Chavin civilizations of pre-Columbian Peru, this mask depicts the face of a member of royalty. Handcrafted from clay using a singular method in which the piece is first molded and fired at a temperature of 1832 F, after which he applies colors. The finished piece is then bathed in a coat of clear enamel, which protects and enhances the vivid and expressive use of color. This mask will illuminate any room.
About the Artist: "I am a self-taught artist, dedicating myself to ceramics and craftmaking since my youth. I specialize in masks influenced by the Vicus, Moche, and Nazca cultures. I focus largely on the mix of form and color; despite a lack of formal training I have created a unique, personal style. I try to always remember my roots, while also learning from my readings and travels. Everyday I hope to improve myself, and achieve a style that is both gratifying for me and for those who are interested in my work. Now that I know my art will reach many people, I dedicate all my efforts and emotion into creating pieces that will resonate in your hearts and minds. Thank you. Ruiz uses a unique process in which he first shapes the piece by hand from clay. After firing it at a temperature of 1832 F, he applies bright enamels and gilt. The finished piece is then bathed in a coat of clear enamel, which protects and enhances the vivid and expressive use of color.
The Salomon Ruiz Goin Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Salomon Ruiz Goin in Peru. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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