Máscara de Carnaval


Although introduced by Spanish settlers, the island's carnival celebrations, like mask making, music, and public performance, have developed into uniquely Puerto Rican traditions that also reflect the customs and sensibilities of Puerto Ricans' African ancestors. This carnival mask pictured here was made by Félix Vázquez. Its comical eyelashes are complimented by a set of teeth that once belonged to a horse or donkey.

Date Made: 20th century

Maker: Vazquez, Felix A.

Description (Spanish): Si bien los colonos españoles fueron quienes introdujeron en la isla las celebraciones del carnaval, tales como la fabricación de máscaras, la música y las representaciones públicas, en la isla se desarrollaron tradiciones exclusivamente puertorriqueñas que reflejan las costumbres y sentimientos de sus ancestros africanos. La Máscara de Carnaval que aquí se ilustra es una obra de Félix Vázquez, en la cual sus cómicas pestañas se complementan con un conjunto de dientes que alguna vez pertenecieran a un caballo o burro.

Place Made: Puerto Rico: Ponce, Ponce

Subject: CarnivalsDonkeysCostume


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Vidal


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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.0012Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.0012

Object Name: carnival mask

Physical Description: papier mache; animal teeth; rubber/elastic (overall material)handmade (overall production method/technique)paper (overall material)paint (overall material)teeth (mouth material)rubber (back material)papier mache (overall material)Measurements: overall: 58.2 cm x 59 cm x 32 cm; 22 15/16 in x 23 1/4 in x 12 5/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-2f51-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_600885

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