The tradition behind this wooden zebra 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.
The zebra 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.
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, and is well known for the quality of its masks.
Each wooden mask is totally handmade and thus unique. Therefore, you may find slight variations or imperfections.