Máscara de Carnaval


This elaborate mask, made around 1980, is painted in red and black, the colors of the city of Ponce. Masks like this are typically worn by young men from the neighborhood, who don the costume of a vejigante, a character who roams the streets during Carnival, playfully scaring children and other revelers, and swatting them with vejigas (balloon-like, inflated animal bladders).

Date Made: ca 1980

Description (Spanish): Esta elaborada máscara, confeccionada alrededor de 1980, está pintada en rojo y negro, los colores de la ciudad de Ponce. Para la época del carnaval, los jóvenes del barrio acostumbran a disfrazarse de vejigantes con máscaras como ésta y salen a deambular por las calles asustando a los niños y concurrentes a la fiesta, dándoles palmadas con sus vejigas (vejigas de animales infladas como globos y puestas a secar).Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico

Subject: CarnivalsCostume


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: 1997.0097.0016Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.0016

Object Name: Carnival Mask

Physical Description: papier mache; paint (overall material)handmade (overall production method/technique)paper (overall material)paint (overall material)papier mache (overall material)Measurements: overall: 72.5 cm x 67.2 cm x 40.3 cm; 28 9/16 in x 26 7/16 in x 15 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-23ff-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_600889

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