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Home Decor - Masks - Andean
Artisan Crafted Gifts and Decor From Around the World

These Home Decor - Masks - Andean are available from Novica who in association with National Geographic bring a whole range of handcrafted items from small scale crafts workshops, often run by a single craft worker in the developing world.

Prices correct at time of writing - subject to change

Bronze and copper mask, 'Ai Apaec Deity' (Peru)

Depicted in a dramatic mask, the Moche deity Ai Apaec is the fierce god of creation. He protected the Moche people, provided water, food and military triumphs. Working in copper and bronze, Angel Franco commemorates the deity both feared and worshipe more...

Bronze and copper mask, 'Chavin Personage' (Peru)

Angel Franco works in the style of the Chavin people, the oldest civilization of Peru dating from around 400 B.C. Heralded for their knowledge of metallurgy and textiles, their art expressed religious undertones. The artisan depicts a Chavin mask wit more...

Bronze masks, 'Ancient Trio' (set of 3) (Peru)

Wearing elaborate headdresses and earrings, faces appear from the ancient past. Ana María Enciso creates a trio of masks inspired by the Lambayeque cultures. Located north of Lima, the fertile Lambayeque Valley was the cradle of the Moche and Chimu more...

Ceramic mask, 'Inca Idol' (Peru)

Impressive in polychrome majesty, this mask reveals Inca splendor. The elongated visage is balanced by dangling earrings and a headdress honoring the Sun God. Salomon Ruiz molds this mask from ceramic which he bakes at 900°C. Finally, he hand-paints more...

Ceramic mask, 'Inca Priest' (Peru)

In a splash of blazing color, the visage of an Inca priest springs to life. Salomon Ruiz fervently mixes creative geometric forms with bright South American images generating an exciting feeling of movement and activity. Bringing into the home a touc more...

Ceramic mask, 'Man of Mirth' (Peru)

Taking shape in ceramic, a man's face is merry, his gaze filled with laughter. Bruno Ccopa gives this mask a cool turquoise tone. Part of a series on human moods, the mask is presented on a display stand of Peruvian tornillo wood. more...

Ceramic mask, 'Meditating Warrior' (Peru)

Pausing in reflection before heading into battle, the "Meditating Warrior" displays a lavish mixture of color and design. Closing his eyes in solemn contemplation, he savors a stolen moment of peace in the midst of war. A vibrant Moche piece for the more...

Ceramic mask, 'Rainbow Demon' (Peru)

If it weren't for the red bulging eyes and the pointed fangs, one might observe an innocuous creature in the graceful shape and boisterous colors of this mask. It is in fact a demon whose role varies but rarely diminishes in the drama of life. Salomo more...

Ceramic mask, 'Rainbow Pirate' (Peru)

This astonishing decorative ceramic mask is handcrafted by Salomon Ruiz in his workshop. Ruiz specializes in synthesizing ancient imagery with modern ceramic techniques, using motifs from the Moche and Chavín cultures of pre-Hispanic Peru. The stunn more...

Ceramic mask, 'Royalty' (Peru)

This remarkable mask is the stylized likeness of a nobleman. It is a contemporary reflection upon Peru's rich historic past. The artist, Salomon Ruiz, specializes in recreating ancient themes seen in the remains of Peru's Moche and Chavin civilizatio more...

Ceramic mask, 'Sun and Condor' (Peru)

As the sun assumes the body of a condor, it sheds light on a collection of Inca glyphs. Transformed into a mask, the image is one of spiritual mystery. Alberto Aparicio Canchari handcrafts this mask from ceramic, which he then fires in a wood-powered more...

Ceramic mask, 'Tumi Face' (Peru)

This fascinating mask is created by master artisan Salomon Ruiz, adapting ancient motifs from the Moche and Chavin cultures of pre-Hispanic Peru to a modern context. The striking colors and unusual shapes combine to create a dramatic effect. more...

Ceramic masks, 'Colors' (pair) (Peru)

Bright primary colors light up these ceramic masks by Salomon Ruiz. The masks were shaped from ceramic and fired at a high temperature. Ruiz uses his masks to represent iconographies of ancient Peruvian cultures like the Chavin, Nazca, and Moche. The more...

Copper and bronze mask, 'The Lord of Sipan' (Peru)

Wearing an elaborate headdress, earrings and a necklace of golden peanuts, the Lord of Sipan is an imposing sight. His helmet takes the shape of the tumi, or ceremonial knife. Sipan is an archeological site in northern Peru where the tomb of the Lord more...

Copper mask, 'Ai Apaec with Ritual Crown' (Peru)

Eyes rimmed with golden rays, the god Ai Apaec wears a ritual headdress. Crowned by the sun itself, it is adorned with birds that dangle alluringly from either side; splendid earrings confirm the status of this divine personage. Ana María Enciso cra more...

Copper mask, 'God of Rituals' (Peru)

With imponderable countenance, the Moche god Naylamp stares into the present from the distant past. Ana Maria Enciso creates a mythical vision in copper, chemically treated to a glowing green. Bronze details emphasize the expression of this handsome more...

Copper mask, 'Grand Lord' (Peru)

Wearing elaborate earrings, the Lord of Sipan is an imposing sight. His helmet takes the shape of the tumi, or pre-Hispanic ceremonial knife. Sipan is an archeological site in northern Peru where the tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered in 1987. more...

Copper mask, 'Tears of a God' (Peru)

Ai Aepec, the supreme god of the Moche people, sheds two solitary tears; his face is stern and fearsome. The gesture expresses Ai Aepec's divine sensibility. Ana Maria Enciso invokes the presence of the powerful deity as she creates this extraordinar more...

Copper mask, 'Warrior God Ai Apaec' (Peru)

An expressive example of Peruvian artistry from Ana Maria Enciso. She delicately shapes copper and bronze to create a mythical vision, using galvanized techniques to chemically alter the surface and create a mesmerizing tone of malachite green. The p more...

Copper mask, 'Warrior's Courage' (Peru)

This mask captures the fearless spirit of a Moche warrior who assesses the battlefield with knowing eyes. The sun god appears on his earrings and ocean waves wash across his headdress. The work represents the face of courage. Ana Maria Enciso crafts more...

Papier mache masks, 'Inca Offering' (pair) (Peru)

Traditionally worn for sacrificial rites, these Inca masks were considered as amulets to communicate with the apus (gods) and ask for their favor. Jaime Zapata handcrafts the masks from a combination of papier-maché and plaster of Paris; the masks a more...

Papier mache shadow box mask, 'Chancay' (Peru)

Shaped by hand of papier mache, a man from Peru's ancient Chancay culture comes to life. Jaime Zapata adds a headdress of natural jute, and presents the image in a wood shadow box. more...

Papier mache shadow box mask, 'Emerald Moche Mask' (Peru)

Elegant in emerald green, this wide-eyed mask represents the art and customs of the Moche people. Masks were made as part of the funerary paraphernalia of lords and dignitaries. They symbolized their prayers to the Apus or deities residing in the mou more...

Papier mache shadow box mask, 'Lambayeque Mask' (Peru)

Jaime Zapata celebrates Peru's glorious past with an artful mask from the Lambayeque region. It is regarded as the cradle of prominent pre-Inca cultures like the Moche and Chimu, and where archeological sites and treasures evidence a realist ceramic more...

Recycled paper mask, 'Chancay Woman II' (Peru)

Jaime Zapata finds inspiration in the art and traditions of the Chancay people for the design of this mask. Representing a woman, the mask's face is yellow with a band of diamond patterns across the eyes. She is wearing the traditional jute headdress more...

Recycled paper mask, 'Nazca' (Peru)

Direct descendant of the Paracas culture, the Nazca civilization developed in territory of the current Ica department. With a strong artistic vocation, Nazca people cultivated music and dance, and their main activities were related to trading, fishin more...

Recycled paper mask, 'Tiahuanaco' (Peru)

Inspired in one of the oldest pre-Inca civilizations, this beautiful mask is adorned with a diadem of handwoven textiles. The Tiahuanaco culture (200-300 A.D.) established itself on the present day border of Peru and Bolivia, on the edge of Lake Titi more...

Recycled paper mask, 'Wari Culture' (Peru)

The Wari civilization originated in Ayacucho (from 700 to 1000 A.D.). They formed a large empire and imposed their social and religious laws throughout an expansive territory. In an active cultural interchange, they learned ceramic techniques from th more...



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