Máscara de Carnaval

Carnival celebrations featuring performers dressed as devils are found in Puerto Rico and the rest Latin America. The presence of these characters during Carnival is understood by many as an ancient reference to the contest between good and evil. The devilish mask pictured here was made for the carnaval de Ponce. Its collector, Teodoro Vidal, played a key role in publicizing the Ponce carnival and documenting its traditions of mask making and public performance.
Currently not on view
Object Name
carnival mask
Date made
ca 1980
Physical Description
papier mache; brass; paint (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
brass (accent material)
papier mache (overall material)
overall: 28 cm x 58 cm x 27.5 cm; 11 in x 22 13/16 in x 10 13/16 in
place made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Carnival Mask
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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