DECORATIVE FACIAL COVERING

Decorative Facial Covering

Rice paper, ink
20th Century
Kyoto, Japan

 

OPERA MASK (MALE)

Opera Mask (Male)

Paper mache, paint
20th Century
China

 

This mask is worn to assume character identities in the traditional Chinese opera performances.

DALEN TOPENG DANCE MASK

Dalen Topeng Dance Mask

Painted wood
19th – 20th Century
Indonesia
Courtesy of Mountain Folk Art, Hong Kong

 

The Topeng introduces the dance performance.  The Dalen represents the handsome, intelligent noble and strong king who dances solo to address the problems of his kingdom.

 

CARNIVAL MASK (HALF FACE)

Carnival Mask (Half Face)

Painted tin
20th Century
Bolivia
Courtesy of Casa Magura, Oaxaca, Mexico

 

“CONQUISTADORE” DANCE MASK

“Conquistadore” Dance Mask

Painted wood
20th Century
Puerto Escondido, Mexico

 

Dances associated with holidays and village festivities tell the history of the region. Traditional dances depict the Spanish conquest of the indigenous people. The conquerors or conquistadores are depicted with pink, red or black faces and facial hair with long noses.

JUAN MORALES “CONQUISTADORE” DANCE MASK

Juan Morales¬†“Conquistadore” Dance Mask

Painted wood, glass, fur
21st Century
Sanatorio, Guatemala

 

DANCE MASK

Dance Mask

Painted wood
20th Century
Mexico

 

This mask is worn on the back of the head giving the dancer the illusion of walking backwards.

FACE MASK

Face Mask (Female)

Wood, brass, paint, string
20th Century
Mali Bamana, Africa