Puerto Rican Vejigantes Mask


Collection

Dan Przybylski Collection


Identifier

PR32


Artist

unknown


Description

This is a small mask made with paper mache that is resembles a wrestling mask. The vejigante mask is traditionally worn during the Ponce Carnival, the largest cultural event in Puerto Rico. Vejigante is an amalgamation of two Spanish words: vejiga, or cow bladder, and gigante, or giant. The name refers to the vejigas that the characters carry with them. The bladder, which is dried, inflated, filled with seeds and painted, is the trusty weapon of the vejigante.


Medium

paper mache

Inscription

Artesanias Castor Ayala

Width

7.75in

Height

9.5in

Length

6in

Where Made (Region)

Loiza

Where Made (Country)

Puerto Rico

Related place

Puerto Rico

How Acquired

Donation

When Acquired

Oct 10 2018

Name of Donor

Austin Friends of Folk Art