RED SKY DANCER, Gourd Mask w/Fringe, Feathers, and Porcu
This unusual gourd mask, ‘Red Sky Dancer,’ is a Native inspired mask featuring a long bib of twisted leather fringe, embellished with upholstery nail head tacks. He measures 15” x 23” long. While primarily a Southwest design, this striking mask would enhance any décor from contemporary to eclectic.
The process of cleaning and designing a gourd is quite labor intensive. After cleaning the outside of the dried gourd, cutting the gourd in half with a micro saw to make the mask face and cleaning the inside, the design was hand drawn and then pyroengraved onto the surface of the gourd. The eye holes were cut and then several coats of color were applied to the mask background using gourd ink dyes and acrylic paints. Accent colors were added to embellish the face. The face was then sealed with several protective coats to protect it for years to come. . The feathers were selected and carefully added to a secure clay base. Included are pheasant, peacock, turkey, rooster, duck and quail feathers in a large array to complement the mask colors. Additionally, porcupine quills were added to enhance the feather array. The mask hangs from a picture wire securely attached to the back.
This mask, Red Sky Dancer, is my interpretation of a prominent supernatural entity or deity, found in many Mesoamerican religions. The symbolism used in its name is considered allegoric to the many rituals practiced by native cultures, as they take on symbolic personalities by way of special clothing and mask wearing of their specific deities. These deities were and are instructive to the people in the ways of daily living and aspiration.
A great addition to a wall in your home or office, Red Sky Dancer, may inspire you to further learning and knowledge of native cultures and practices. Please clean lightly with a feather duster.
First Item: $ 15.00
Additional Items: $ 5.00
Jewelry - Jewelry is packaged in little colored organza drawstring bags, which are then folded into tissue, tied with raffia and shipped in a bubble mailer.
Gourd Art - Gourd art pieces are wrapped in tissue and surrounded with bubble wrap for maximum stability. They are shipped in sturdy boxes to your destination.
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