Máscara de Carnaval

Description
Although introduced by Spanish settlers, the island's carnival celebrations, like mask making, music, and public performance, have developed into uniquely Puerto Rican traditions that also reflect the customs and sensibilities of Puerto Ricans' African ancestors. This carnival mask pictured here was made by Félix Vázquez. Its comical eyelashes are complimented by a set of teeth that once belonged to a horse or donkey.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
carnival mask
Date made
20th century
maker
Vazquez, Felix A.
Physical Description
papier mache; animal teeth; rubber/elastic (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
teeth (mouth material)
rubber (back material)
papier mache (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 58.2 cm x 59 cm x 32 cm; 22 15/16 in x 23 1/4 in x 12 5/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Ponce
ID Number
1997.0097.0012
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0012
subject
Carnivals
Donkeys
Puerto Rico
Costume
Cultures & Communities
Vidal
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Carnival Mask
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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