Puerto Rican Vejigante Mask

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.
Physical Description
papier mache; paint; metal; copper; rubber/elastic (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
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
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Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History