The story behind this bright toucan head
This colorful Animal Head was handcrafted and hand painted by group of carefully selected Colombian artisans. Carved out of Red Ceiba wood, this mask was later painted with acrylic. Unlike the more traditional animal head, this toucan comes with a matt painting.
The toucan is part of a group of animals that are considered as an emblematic element of Barranquilla’s Carnival, in one of the most ancient dance of the festival: the dance of the Congos. The wooden heads find their origin in the multicultural background of Colombia, and especially in its African roots. Indeed, African slaves brought together with them the tradition of their ritual masks. They have been integrated to the carnival for more than 100 years.
Toro Miura workshop
Carving and decorating these masks is one of the main and most traditional economic activities of the village of Galapa.
Toro Miura workshop, lead by Manuel Pertuz, has been existing for more than 30 years. It is well known for the quality of its masks and decorative wooden animal heads.
Each wooden mask is totally handmade and thus unique. Therefore, you may find slight variations or imperfections.