Máscara de Carnaval

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
carnival mask
Date made
20th century
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)
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
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
Cultures & Communities
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Carnival Mask
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Visitor Comments

7/18/2013 2:40:28 PM
Wilson Lopez Roque
Beautiful mask ,Félix Vázquez is one of the best mask makers of Puerto Rico he is a very humble person still lives in Ponce , P.R. you have to see his latest mask they are fantastic. He is my uncle and i feel very proud to see his work here on disply.
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