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Máscara de Carnaval

Máscara de Carnaval

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Description
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).
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
Object Name
Carnival Mask
Date made
ca 1980
place made
Puerto Rico
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
ID Number
1997.0097.0016
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0016
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Carnivals
Puerto Rico
Costume
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Cultural and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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