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Molas made by the Kuna from Panama

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Posted 5 years ago


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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!


  1. amandabuns amandabuns, 5 years ago
    Thank you! And thanks for the loves. :)
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    these are great amandabuns! that second one was made by a very skilled person. i really like the older ones alot and i like guessing what they represent. i lived in a central american indian village for several years and there is a lot of common mythology. i just noticed i have a mola wall pocket w/ what i think is a flying fish on it - right next to my desk.
  3. amandabuns amandabuns, 5 years ago
    Thanks! I love the lobster one (which has been moved by someone to be the first image, making my description inaccurate). That sounds like a wonderful experience. And I would love to see your flying fish.

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