Máscara de Carnaval


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.

Date Made: ca 1980

Description (Spanish): Las celebraciones de carnaval durante las cuales se observan individuos disfrazados de diablos son comunes en Puerto Rico y el resto de América Latina. Muchos interpretan la presencia de estos personajes durante el carnaval como una antigua referencia a la contienda entre el bien y el mal. La máscara diabólica que aquí se representa fue confeccionada para el Carnaval de Ponce. Su coleccionista, Teodoro Vidal, desempeñó un papel fundamental en la promoción del Carnaval de Ponce mediante la documentación de sus artesanías de máscaras y dramatizaciones públicas.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico

Subject: Carnivals, Puerto Rico, Costume

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: 1997.0097.0024Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.0024

Object Name: carnival mask

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-24cf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_600900

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