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Long neck or bandolier style ornamental belt. Composed of thirteen strands of black and white seeds arranged to make a triangular pattern of alternate colours. Attached are six dried birds; two large orange, black and grey birds with a smaller grey and black bird at the opposing end. Around the sides are three small black birds with blue, green and red feathers and one brown bird.


Clockwise, the birds in this txoshiki are two Andean cocks-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), the head of an antshrike (Thamnophilus spp.), the leg of an Andean cock-of-the-rock, the skull of an unidentified tanager, a masked tityra (Tityra semifasciata), a paradise tanager (Tanager chilensis), a round-tailed manakin (Ceratopipra chloromeros) and a blue-neck tanager (Tangara Cyanicollis). All the birds are males, with the possible exception of the antshrike, and all are found in traditional Ashaninka land.

Iconographic Meaning

In traditional Ashaninka worldview, the universe is composed of several, superimposed levels that exist in both visible and invisible forms. Certain animals, notably birds, can move between levels and dimensions.

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