worn for sacrificial rites, these Inca masks were considered as amulets to
communicate with the gods. Jaime Zapata handcrafts the masks from a combination
of paper-mâché and Plaster of Paris
and adorns them with jute headdresses.
Jaime Zapata Espinoza creates masks inspired by his profound Peruvian roots.
'My objective 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. To decorate my pieces I also
use hand-woven elements with Inca motifs,' explains the artisan, who has
exhibited his work in Peru, Germany and Japan.
Size: Mask with hair 9.5" x 4"