I just realised I forgot to do a mask on Saturday. I’ve now done over six month’s worth and I’m about to go away for a few weeks, so it may be a convenient time to drw a line under the feature. I’ll see how I feel when I get back. In the meantime, this […]
Posts tagged with ‘masks’
A few weeks ago I posted the mummy mask of Satdjehuty, a very glamorous and stylised Egyptian mask from about 1400 BC. To give some indication of the incredible continuity of Ancient Egyptian culture, here’s the mummy mask of Pachons, from 1600 years later in Roman Egypt: That’s also from the British Museum. here’s what […]
A shamanic mask from Nepal: from this article at asianart.com
From Benin. They’re most famous for their remarkable bronzes, but here’s a C16th ivory mask: The mask is in the British Museum.
Another Mardi Gras post. This time, a Mardi Gras Indian: via jass.com.
This is a Cajun Mardi Gras mask from Tee Mamou, in Louisiana, made by Suson Launey. So is this. You can read more about the Acadian Mardi Gras tradition here, read about Launey here, and see a couple more of her masks here.
Since I went to look at the mummies this week, it seems a good time to post the mummy mask of Satdjehuty: It’s from the Eighteenth Dynasty, which is apparently ‘about 1550-1295 BC’. I’m not sure how to post permalinks to the BM collections, but if you go to their Compass site and search for […]
The mask of ‘Lady Clapham’, from the V&A: To quote the museum’s own blurb: This mask was made for a doll, known as Lady Clapham, that is thought to have belonged to the Cockerell family, descendants of the diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703). The daughter of Pepys’s nephew John Jackson (the son of his sister Pauline) […]
J-F, a Canadian cosplayer, in a Skull Kid costume at Balticon 2004: Skull Kid is a character in The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask. I seem to be the only person in the world who thinks that Majora’s Mask was a better game than Ocarina of Time.
More from the BM, because they’ve got so much good stuff. This time a mask of Dzoonokwa: Kwakwaka’wakw, 19th century AD, from British Columbia Dzoonokwa is a giant of the forest, or Wild Woman of the Woods. She eats children, stops people from fishing, and encourages war. In one story a young woman comes across […]
Another one from the BM, this from the Chewa people: What they have to say: This mask depicts a royal escort who accompanied Queen Elizabeth on an official visit to Malawi in 1979. He was described as ‘tall, heavy, a big man with a moustache and quite handsome’. His image was recreated two weeks later […]
From the British Museum site, which is a goldmine of fabulous images, the death mask of Oliver Cromwell: The BM’s blurb seems worth quoting in full. When a famous person died, a death mask was often taken as a permanent and precise record of the way they looked. An initial cast provided a mould from […]
Busó costumes: Busó is apparently a festival to mark the start of spring in Mohács, a town in Hungary. “According to the oral tradition, the Busó who crossed the river on boats chased the Turkish away from the area of Mohács in 1687. This has never been proven but possible since it is well known […]
The character Xue Gang from the Chinese opera. From the surprisingly eclectic site of Paul and Bernice Noll. These ‘masks’ are done with face paints. “A dictum familiar to most Peking opera fans, “No red for the three Gangs,” illustrates how colors represent human character. The three Gangs (Li Gang, Yao Gang, and Xue Gang) […]
I decided to look for something seasonal and came up with this, from Where’s Cherie?: “Greg with the Santa “Mola” mask and his reindeer finger-puppet. (Whenever Greg donned this mask the Kuna children would scream: “Santa! Santa!”)” Thanks to Google, I now know that a ‘mola’ is a blouse worn by the Kuna women of […]
The Marquardt Beauty Analysis mask. According to the MBA mission statement: MBA is dedicated to proactively researching human visual aesthetics, including its biological and mathematical bases, and to utilizing the results of that research to develop and provide information and technology with which to analyze and positively modify (i.e. improve) human visual attractiveness. […] MBA […]
A latex fetish mask, from Flickr. yellow mask Originally uploaded by Latexfan75.
A seasonal one. Krampus is one of the Companions of St Nicholas. I found that photo via Google Images. I don’t know where on the site it is, but the domain is that of the only naturist hotel in Austria.
A leopard mask, from www.helmet.se:
An all-action photo this week. Chavo Guerrero wrestling Mil Mascaras. Mascaras is the one in the mask. Taken from The Unofficial Chavo Guerrero Sr. Fan Page.
Mask of the week is a Canadian transformation mask. Closed: Open:
This page and this page, about the art of Burkina Faso, have so many fabulous pictures that it’s hard to pick just one. My mask(s) of the week are these three Bwa plank masks: But also make sure you look at this Dafing leaf mask, this Bobo antelope mask and these Mossi ‘red masks’. And […]
A mask from the Tsam (or Cham) ceremony, a masked dance designed to exorcise evil. The ceremony was held all across the Himalayas, but has been nearly eliminated by the combination of Chinese communism and Western influence. This is from Mongolia. via Golf Mongolia