Máscara de Carnaval

This elaborate mask, made around 1980, is painted in red and black, the colors of the city of Ponce. 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 elaborada máscara, confeccionada alrededor de 1980, está pintada en rojo y negro, los colores de la ciudad de Ponce. Para la época del carnaval, los jóvenes del barrio acostumbran a 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
ca 1980
Physical Description
papier mache; paint (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
papier mache (overall material)
overall: 72.5 cm x 67.2 cm x 40.3 cm; 28 9/16 in x 26 7/16 in x 15 7/8 in
place made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
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Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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