The Rickie Report is excited to share the Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art’s premiere exhibit! Those interested in ceremonial masks and the culture of South America, especially Peru must put this on your calendars!
Polychrome Wooden Ceremonial Dance Masks from the Andes
Peru, ca. 1820 – 1880
(Released by the Ministry of Culture of Peru)
Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
The exhibition continues through November 07, 2012
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only and closed Sunday.
These amazingly crafted masks were worn by the indigenous people of Peru living under the Spanish occupation in the 19th century. At a time when the Spanish allowed little room for self expression among native Peruvians, the indigenous people crafted these masks for their dance festivals, subtly mocking their overlords. Each mask is made from wood, and then carefully painted over with strikingly vibrant color.
Many Andean dances use masks as part of the dancer’s costume. The most common motifs include demons, angels, blacks (negritos), Spaniards (españoles) and all kinds of animals. The most important exhibition of masks is held in the southern Andes, such as during the festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria.
Junin is another major producer of masks, while a rich variety linked to myths and customs of jungle villages is manufactured in the Amazon area, like for example in the Bora community in Loreto. Masks are made from a range of materials that are as varied as their place of origin: plaster, leather, wood, wire sheeting and tin.
The most typical masks include those of the Piro culture, the parlampan (picaresque characters of the area of Huaral), the auquis of Ancash, the jija huanca (styled from gargoyle heads), the huacones of the central highlands and the famous demons of the seven deadly sins of Puno.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre-historic Native America.
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art is located at Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431
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