TITLE: Condor Carnival Mask
TYPE: helmet mask
GENERAL REGION: Latin America
DESCRIPTION: Condor Mask
MAKER: Dionicio Huamán Ayma (Sicuani, 1950- )
MAIN MATERIAL: fiberglass
OTHER MATERIALS: paint; foam rubber; adhesive
Carnival is celebrated throughout the Catholic world with parades and other festivities, often including masqueraders. It is the celebration before the fasting season of Lent. In Peru, as in many other parts of Latin America, Carnival is celebrated with masked dances and parades. This mask was made in Pisaq for use in the local Carnival. The condor was an important totemic animal in the Incan religion, and it continues as an important symbol of Andean communities.