Carnival Mask

This papier-mâché mask was made by Miguel Caraballo in 1985. Masks like this are typically worn by young men from the neighborhood, who don the costume of a vejigante , a character who roams the streets during Carnival, playfully scaring children and other revelers, and swatting them with vejigas (balloon-like, inflated animal bladders).
Description (Spanish)
Esta máscara de papel maché fue confeccionada por Miguel Caraballo en 1985.
Para la época del carnaval, los jóvenes del barrio acostumbran disfrazarse de vejigantes con máscaras como ésta y salen a deambular por las calles asustando a los niños y concurrentes a la fiesta, dándoles palmadas con sus vejigas (vejigas de animales infladas como globos y puestas a secar).
Currently not on view
Object Name
carnival mask
Date made
Caraballo, Miguel Angel
Physical Description
papier mache; paint; rubber/elastic (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
rubber (back material)
papier mache (overall material)
overall: 36.2 cm x 39 cm x 35.7 cm; 14 1/4 in x 15 3/8 in x 14 1/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Ponce
used in
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Puerto Rico
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Title (Spanish)
Máscara de Carnaval
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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