The King and I Mask


This exquisite mask, based on 19th-century Thai ceremonial headgear, was created by Australian designer Roger Kirk for the 1996 Broadway revival of the musical play, The King and I. It was worn by dancer Tito Abeleda as part of his costume for the show's second act ballet based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The King and I, created in 1951 by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist-librettist Oscar Hammerstein, is one of the American musical theater's most enduring works.

Date Made: 1996

Wearer/User: Abeleda, TitoDesigner: Kirk, Roger

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Musical Theater

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Credit Line: Gift of Discover Financial Services Card, through Benedicta Lawrence

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0048.23Catalog Number: 1998.0048.23Accession Number: 1998.0048

Object Name: mask

Physical Description: paper (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 32 cm x 28 cm; 12 5/8 in x 11 in


Record Id: nmah_1195008

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