The Mask

Portrait and Mask, Signifiers of Face in Classical Antiquity
by Matti Fischer
One of the most common forms of facial representation in ancient Classical culture was the portrait. It is taken for granted by many scholars that some form of “realistic” portraiture existed during this period. Since one of the central features that enables recognition of “realism” in a portrait is its likeness to the face, I would like to explore this aspect of “realism”.

World’s oldest masks united for first time at the Israel Museum
By Eva Lindner – Jerusalem Post
With Purim around the corner, the Israel Museum brings together for the first time a rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks, the oldest known to date, in a new exhibition starting today. Culminating nearly a decade of research, “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” showcases 12 extraordinary Neolithic masks, all originating in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel.

Mask Dance Drama
Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada
Mask–dance dramas, or talchum, originates from morality plays by Buddhist monks and for exorcism in Korea. Today, they are played throughout different regions in the country as forms of entertainment, gradually losing religious meaning. For instance, contemporary mask–dance dramas may portrayal the foibles and misadventures of a group of apostate Buddhist monks; a foolish aristocrat outsmarted by his servant; and dangerous tigers who gobble up unsuspecting children. These dramas encourage audiences to laugh at themselves through acting while performers rhythmically jump, leap and squat to the sounds of a small percussion group.

The History of the Mask
Mask – a form of disguise. It is an object that is frequently worn over or in front of the face to hide the identity of a person and by its own features to establish another being. This essential characteristic of hiding and revealing personalities or moods is common to all masks. As cultural objects they have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age and have been as varied in appearance as in their use and symbolism. This article deals with the general characteristics, functions, and forms of masks.

Masks from around the World
by Bob Ibold
I started collecting masks in the 1980′s. As a person who loved painting and sculpture, my attraction to masks was purely aesthetic at first. I saw them as wonderful examples of art. After my collection grew, I became more interested in how they were used, what they represented, their history, and other stories that surround them. Now I enjoy both the art and the ethnography.

African Masks – information
African Antiques Art
Masks hold a special place in African art. Actually, they constitute the most spectacular segment of African plastic art. African masks can only be truly appreciated in their African contexts. A study of African masks therefore requires a study of African belief systems.

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