Puerto Rican Vejigante Mask

Puerto Rican Vejigante Mask

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 flowing costume 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
papier mache; paint; metal; copper; rubber/elastic (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 39.9 cm x 44.6 cm x 21.2 cm; 15 11/16 in x 17 9/16 in x 8 3/8 in
ID Number
1997.0097.0019
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0019
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Latino
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Many Voices, One Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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