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Mask of an old man or 'gypsy', a 'badanar'; the face of beaten copper with nose and lips applied separately, black paint for the eyebrows and around the eyes, a wide moustache of goat (?) hair, beard of sheep's (?) wool, and long hair of black synthetic wool; wearing a felted wool hat with printed cotton band and feather.
[Copper; with goat-skin 'beard', leather 'lips', boar hair 'moustache', synthetic fibre 'hair', and wool felt hat decorated with cotton cloth and feathers.]
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Length: 40 centimetres (approx)
- Curator's comments
- For use in New Year performances. Acquired together with a costume depicting a goat. This mask was commissioned for the Museum. The Museum has a video and photographic record of it being made.
Text from label for Trustees' meeting: 'The mask is worn with a striking costume made up of old, embroidered household textiles sewn together to make a long tunic, trousers, sleeves, scarf and belt, and an embroidered sheepskin waistcoat. The 'old man' character also always carries a large stick and 'roars' at onlookers.
The materials used to make masks are usually those easily to hand and are gathered throughout the year. However the human hair, which is traditionally used on 'old man' masks in Pirjol, has to be sought out and bought especially in advance. Synthetic fibres, which usually denote a gypsy character, were used in this instance since human hair was not immediately available. A goat jaw and teeth are often inserted into the mask's mouth.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by Sarah Posey as part of field collection in Romania between 26 December 1994 and 7 January 1995; funded by the BMS Eastern European Purchase Fund. Commissioned for the British Museum, together with a video and photographic record of the mask being made.
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