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Jaime Zapata finds inspiration in the cuchimilcos statuettes found in Chancy archeological sites. They are usually found in pairs, with arms open, believed to represent fertility. The Chancay people were renowned for the ceramic and textile arts. Zapata crafts the mask with papier mache and adorns it with a colorful cloth band. He presents it in a wood shadow box.
About the Artist: Jaime Zapata Espinoza, born in Lima, Peru in 1953, is dedicated to a very interesting craft - creating masks inspired by his profound Peruvian roots. Made with loving patience, each mask is unique and can express every feeling in the human heart, from happiness to deep sorrow. I'm an architect, but since I was young I've dedicated a part of my time to the handcrafting of masks. The objective of my work is to transmit human emotions in seemingly animated objects. I use recycled paper and textiles, cans, and some vegetal elements like rushes. Colors are given with natural oxides and earths. For decorating my pieces I also use hand-woven elements with Inca motifs. Each mask is cast with milled paper, dried and finished by hand in elaborating the particular characteristics of a human face in a specific expression. Each piece is unique, and some of them have an aged appearance achieved with a layer of patina. Some masks have rushes and tresses made of fiber ropes. The final step is a layer of lacquer for protecting the pigments."
The Jaime Zapata Espinoza Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Jaime Zapata Espinoza in Peru. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
Weary eyes look toward the past
in a touching mask by Jaime Zapata Espinoza. He depicts an elderly Inca woman, her visage smooth and other worldly. Zapata crafts the mask from recycled paper, adding details in jute. The headdress recalls the traditional textiles ...
This solemn mask features the grave
visage of a worried medicine man. Victor Yao Delanyo hand carves this piece according to the customs of the Basonge people from Congo. Named Fwebe (Chief), it is usually worn by a priest during rituals to cleanse ...
For the Ashanti people of Ghana,
actions do in fact speak louder than words. They suggest presenting this bright mask to the person one is interested in, as a first and loving gesture. The mask is known as Odobra, which means "loved one" ...