Puerto Rican Vejigante Costume

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Description
The vejigante is a demon figure from medieval Spanish folklore that has become a staple of Puerto Rican Carnival culture. During Carnival festivals, the vejigante dress in a horned mask called a cartera, and an elaborate flowing costume made by the user to join the crowds in singing and dancing. The cartera masks are a cultural symbol of Puerto Rico. The masks are typically made in the cities of Ponce and Loiza for use in carnival celebrations and purchased as home decoration by tourists.
Physical Description
polyester; brass; metal; nylon (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 180 cm x 175 cm; x 70 7/8 in x 68 7/8 in
ID Number
1997.0097.0018.002
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0018.002
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Latino
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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