Carnival Mask

Description
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).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
carnival mask
Date made
1985
maker
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)
Measurements
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
used
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.0002
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0002
subject
Cultures & Communities
Costume
Puerto Rico
Vidal
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Vidal
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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