The King and I Mask

This exquisite mask, based on 19th-century Thai ceremonial headgear, was created by Australian designer Roger Kirk for the 1996 Broadway revival of the musical play, The King and I. It was worn by dancer Tito Abeleda as part of his costume for the show's second act ballet based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The King and I, created in 1951 by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist-librettist Oscar Hammerstein, is one of the American musical theater's most enduring works.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Abeleda, Tito
Kirk, Roger
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 32 cm x 28 cm; 12 5/8 in x 11 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Popular Entertainment
Musical Theater
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Discover Financial Services Card, through Benedicta Lawrence

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