Carnival Mask

About this object

History of use

Performed during Carnival in Puerto Rico or in Puerto Rican communities in the US.

Cultural context

Contemporary Puerto Rican Vejigante mask.

Physical description

Vejigante carnival mask of painted paper mache construction. Mask is mainly painted orange, covered in red and gold dots, with cut-out holes at the eyes and mouth. There is an eye-mask like swath of red across the eyes with red and yellow flame-like brow projections above the eye holes. Six long curved horns project out around top and sides, four orange and two red, and each side has red and gold ribbons tied at the side holes with one gold ribbon tied across the inside, for wearing. The snout has a large open mouth full of pointed white teeth with pink gums. Signed and dated inside.