Posted 2 years ago
These molas were made by the Kuna people in Panama. I've had the pleasure of getting to know a few of them through my university.
The first one is the oldest, and was likely a matched pair. The original function of these pieces was as a front and back panel for a woman's blouse. The symbology represents an octopus with his arms pointing to the four cardinal directions.
The rest were made for sale. The one with the lobster is my favorite because of how detailed it is. The one with the bird is a very traditional design.
The mask and oven mitt are just a couple of interesting things!