Mold for making paper-mache masks

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 16th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 25.8 x 21.3 x 12.6 cm (10 3/16 x 8 3/8 x 4 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    A very good quality, large wood mold for making paper-mache masks. The handle in the back of the back denotes its use, as does the faded lines around the circumference of the mask indicating that the paper mach was peeled off. This very strong and well-carved mold for a mask could have served a dual function, as a mold and as a hanging mask when not in use. Earlier mold of its kind, late 16th century, used by farmers for paper-mache masks.
    Appraiser's number: [24]
  • Provenance

    To 2003
    Seymour J. Janow, Washington, DC, acquired in Japan, to 2003 [1]
    From 2003
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by the family of Seymour J. Janow in 2003
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 1, Ann Yonemura, September 30, 2003, in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Selma Janow
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Collected by Seymour J. Janow and Gifted in his memory by his Family
  • Type

    Tool and Equipment
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