Máscara de Carnaval

Description
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).
Location
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)
Measurements
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
1997.0097.0016
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0016
subject
Carnivals
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Costume
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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