Carnival Mask

Carnival celebrations featuring performers dressed as devils are found across Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. The presence of these characters during Carnival is understood by many as an ancient reference to the contest between good and evil. This devilish mask shows the characteristic style of its maker, Leonardo Pagán. Born in 1929, Pagán was the student of a renowned mask maker, Juan Careta, who worked from the 1890s until the 1950s. After his mentor's death, Pagán masks became highly prized. Pagán died in 2000.
Currently not on view
Object Name
carnival mask
Date made
Pagan, Leonardo
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
papier mache (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 43.6 cm x 34.7 cm x 27.5 cm; 17 3/16 in x 13 11/16 in x 10 13/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Ponce
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Puerto Rico
Cultures & Communities
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Máscara de Carnaval
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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