Inspired by the artistry of Peru's Chancay culture, Jaime Zapata crafts this spectacular mask. Nimble hands mold papier-maché, while dynamic lines in light earthen tones traverse the abstract expression. A lacquer finish accentuates the soothing essence of enamel paints. Deep red jute fiber serves as the woman's hair, complementing a woven cotton headband. Makes a proud Andean statement in any décor.
The Chancay culture flourished along Peru's central coast from 1100-1430 AC. Its people developed great urban center with both ceremonial and administrative structures, using clay and stone as their building materials. The culture is especially recognized for its ceramics, weaves, and wood items. Over the course of the 15th Century, the Chancay became subjects of the emerging Inca Empire.