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Mask of a gypsy woman, copper, cotton, and various materials; the face of beaten copper with applied copper nose; the eyeholes bordered with red cotton, the mouth with padded red lips inset with teeth of dried white beans alternating with lengths of quill, the eyebrows of twisted black and white threads (synthetic silk ?), large padded ears with dangling earrings, the earring baubles made of cotton wrapped round a nut of wooden ball a blue printed cotton scarf on her head and long yellow hair made of straw (?) with two plaits at each side. The back formed of brown and pale blue cotton. String hanging loops at top.
Length: 33 centimetres (face)
- Curator's comments
- For use in New Year performances. For discussion of New Year's masks, see F. Nistor, 'Iarna Maramureseana (Winter in Maramures)', Bucharest 1981.
For the work of Nicolae Popa, see Doina Dascalu,'Recuzita Obiceiurilor Populare Traditionale de Iarna in Creatia unor Mesteri Contemporani din Judetele Bacau si Neamt', in Studii si Cercetari, Muzeul Satalui si de Arta Populara, 1981, pp. 129-146. Popa is discussed on pp. 143- 4 with illustrations of two of his masks, a male and female gypsy on p. 143, and a further two on p. 136, including another gypsy woman, both of them close to this mask, with large dangling earrings.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Collected by Sarah Posey from the maker during fieldwork, 3.11.1995 - 29.1.1996.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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