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Owl Mask
Nisga’a (Niska)
British Columbia
1850-1880
National Museum of the American Indian

centuriespast:

Owl Mask

Nisga’a (Niska)

British Columbia

1850-1880

National Museum of the American Indian


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Apr 4
11:10 pm
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This is a Cracked Doll Mask made by Lyzius on Deviantart. Masks of its likeness are available for sale here.

This is a Cracked Doll Mask made by Lyzius on Deviantart. Masks of its likeness are available for sale here.

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Mar 28
10:17 pm
This German Harlot Mask is used for Fasching (or Carnival), a celebration much like Mardi Gras which takes place in a multitude of cities and villages along east and south Germany, as well as parts of Austria.
It is papier mache and features wire eyelashes, glitter, and sequins on the eyelids.

This German Harlot Mask is used for Fasching (or Carnival), a celebration much like Mardi Gras which takes place in a multitude of cities and villages along east and south Germany, as well as parts of Austria.

It is papier mache and features wire eyelashes, glitter, and sequins on the eyelids.


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Aug 13
2:59 pm
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This papier mache Hedgehog Mask was is available on Jevgeniamasks on Etsy. The artist is Latvian Yevgeniya Kilupe. The mask is painted with guache, is lacquered and features a rubber strap for wear.

This papier mache Hedgehog Mask was is available on Jevgeniamasks on Etsy. The artist is Latvian Yevgeniya Kilupe. The mask is painted with guache, is lacquered and features a rubber strap for wear.


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Aug 13
2:50 pm
This Vintage Style Blonde Smoking Flapper Mask was made by flapperdashery on the Etsy community. It features a removable cigarette and has an elastic band for security. It is hand painted papier mache and its siblings are available in a great number of hair and eye colours.

This Vintage Style Blonde Smoking Flapper Mask was made by flapperdashery on the Etsy community. It features a removable cigarette and has an elastic band for security. It is hand painted papier mache and its siblings are available in a great number of hair and eye colours.


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Aug 12
10:20 pm
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This Romanian Folk Mask is made of cloth, human hair and beans.
These masks were used historically for initiation purposes and fertility rituals. In the modern age they are used for large holiday celebrations to represent characters from folk mythology. They are worn solely by men and to speak the name of the mask bearer while in costume is forbidden. This particular mask was made by Albu Ion of the Bucovina region.

This Romanian Folk Mask is made of cloth, human hair and beans.

These masks were used historically for initiation purposes and fertility rituals. In the modern age they are used for large holiday celebrations to represent characters from folk mythology. They are worn solely by men and to speak the name of the mask bearer while in costume is forbidden. This particular mask was made by Albu Ion of the Bucovina region.


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Aug 12
9:56 pm
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This Venetian Bird Mask is made of firm papier mache and is painted to sparkle. It is signed by the artisan (“Barbare”) and is intended for carnival use.

This Venetian Bird Mask is made of firm papier mache and is painted to sparkle. It is signed by the artisan (“Barbare”) and is intended for carnival use.


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Aug 12
9:49 pm
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This Korean Monk Mask is from Yangju, South Korea.
It is used in the Yangju Pyolsandae Nori dance drama. In it, the character is an ugly old man who attempts to seduce a young, beautiful girl. The marks are intended to suggest pock marks or disease. The colouring of the mask denotes a specific character, of which there are over 20 and most characters are intended to mock members of the upper class. The hood is used to help secure the mask.

This Korean Monk Mask is from Yangju, South Korea.

It is used in the Yangju Pyolsandae Nori dance drama. In it, the character is an ugly old man who attempts to seduce a young, beautiful girl. The marks are intended to suggest pock marks or disease. The colouring of the mask denotes a specific character, of which there are over 20 and most characters are intended to mock members of the upper class. The hood is used to help secure the mask.


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Aug 12
9:42 pm
This Indian Lion Mask depicts the divine lion, who acted as the divine vahana (or vehicle) of the goddess Durga.
"According to Markendaya Purana the goddess Durga has assumed ten different forms in order to destroy two great demons, Shambhu and Nishambhu. It is said that at the close of the Tretayuga, these two giants by their austerities had obtained great powers. Being exalted above the gods they began to fight against them. They achieved many victories and gods were reduced to the deplorable state of helplessness. They solicited the help of Brahma and Vishnu, who referred them to go to Shiva. Shiva advised them to pray to Durga, who could be able to defeat the two demons. Finally when gods appealed to Durga for ending their troubles, she agreed.
Durga assumed the form of a beautiful woman and first enticed the minds of the two demons. Both of them sought to capture her and sent his best generals with a huge army to capture this female. These two generals named Chundu and Mundu went to the Himalayas but were defeated and killed by the goddess Durga and her mount, the divine lion.
Now the two giants, Shambhu and Nishambhu, themselves marched to the Himalayas to capture Durga. These two demons had a general who had a blessing that the drops of blood falling on the ground from his body would create thousands of demons. At last Durga could annihilate him only when Durga’s two forms namely Chandee and Kali both combined to neutralize this blessing. In the fierce engagement the goddess opened her mouth and drank every drop of blood before it fell on the ground while the other counterpart fought the demons and that general together. Eventually both the giants were killed.”
The mask is 17 inches long and is made of heavy papier mache and hair.

This Indian Lion Mask depicts the divine lion, who acted as the divine vahana (or vehicle) of the goddess Durga.

"According to Markendaya Purana the goddess Durga has assumed ten different forms in order to destroy two great demons, Shambhu and Nishambhu. It is said that at the close of the Tretayuga, these two giants by their austerities had obtained great powers. Being exalted above the gods they began to fight against them. They achieved many victories and gods were reduced to the deplorable state of helplessness. They solicited the help of Brahma and Vishnu, who referred them to go to Shiva. Shiva advised them to pray to Durga, who could be able to defeat the two demons. Finally when gods appealed to Durga for ending their troubles, she agreed.

Durga assumed the form of a beautiful woman and first enticed the minds of the two demons. Both of them sought to capture her and sent his best generals with a huge army to capture this female. These two generals named Chundu and Mundu went to the Himalayas but were defeated and killed by the goddess Durga and her mount, the divine lion.

Now the two giants, Shambhu and Nishambhu, themselves marched to the Himalayas to capture Durga. These two demons had a general who had a blessing that the drops of blood falling on the ground from his body would create thousands of demons. At last Durga could annihilate him only when Durga’s two forms namely Chandee and Kali both combined to neutralize this blessing. In the fierce engagement the goddess opened her mouth and drank every drop of blood before it fell on the ground while the other counterpart fought the demons and that general together. Eventually both the giants were killed.”

The mask is 17 inches long and is made of heavy papier mache and hair.


PHOTO
Jun 27
1:01 pm
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This Mexican Viejo Mask (viejo meaning an old person or old item, in this case male) is from Carpinteros, Veracruz. It was carved by Ciriaco Gonzalezis and is 9 inches long.
One major point of interest on this mask is the four eye slits.
The back of the mask appears previously worn, but has been scrubbed down to make presentable for sale. This is common of Mexican mask selling.

This Mexican Viejo Mask (viejo meaning an old person or old item, in this case male) is from Carpinteros, Veracruz. It was carved by Ciriaco Gonzalezis and is 9 inches long.

One major point of interest on this mask is the four eye slits.

The back of the mask appears previously worn, but has been scrubbed down to make presentable for sale. This is common of Mexican mask selling.


PHOTO
Jun 27
12:47 pm
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Masks. Everywhere.