Máscara de Carnaval

Description
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.
Location
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)
Measurements
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
1997.0097.0024
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0024
subject
Carnivals
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Costume
Vidal
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
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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