1951.11.12

Wooden mask with prominent nose, painted green eyes and red mouth with projecting underlip and chin. [SM (Verve) 13/02/2013]

Place details: M AMERICA. Mexico. Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Wood Plant / Pigment / ?. Processes: Carved / Painted / Perforated / ?. Colour: Polychrome Dimensions: Max L = 180 mm Max W = 152 mm Field Collector: Elsie Colsell McDougall When Collected: By 1951 Other Owners: Elsie Colsell McDougall PRM Source: Elsie Colsell McDougall Acquired: Donated 1951 Related Collections: Photo Archive B51 (VARIOUS) PRM Image: Colour transparency; CD17; CD18.1 TIFF file 1951_1-1.TIF (Nov 1999) Collections Digital Reference Photo 04/02/2011; Collections Digital Reference Photo 18/02/2013

KEYWORD: Mask / Dance Accessory / CLASS: Mask / Dance / ?.

Object description: Wooden mask with prominent nose, painted green eyes and red mouth with projecting underlip and chin. Two eye slits have been made above the eyes for the wearer to see out. There are two small holes on the sides and one in the forehead. [SM (Verve) 13/02/2013]

Accession Book Entry - 'MRS ELSIE MCDOUGALL, BEARSVILLE, ULSTER COUNTY, NEW YORK, U.S.A. Series of secular dance masks caricaturing the types of foreigners familiar to the natives. - [insert] MEXICO [end insert]. Wooden mask, prominent convex nose, painted green eyes and very red mouth with projecting underlip. ?caricature of class of itinerant traders from the eastern Mediterranean generally known as "Arabes". Slits above painted eyes for wearer to look through. Length 18.0cm. width (max.) 15.2 cm.'

Pre-PRM label [now in RDF] - Mexico ? caricature of class of itinerant traders fr eastern Mediterranean generally known as "ARABES [El.B DDF Body Arts Project 2010/2011 03/02/2011]

Written on object - MEXICO d.d. Miss E. McDougall [El.B DDF Body Arts Project 2010/2011 03/02/2011]

Display history: Displayed in the exhibition 'Made for Trade' at the Pitt Rivers Museum from the 18th July 2011 - 27th January 2013. Displayed in a large showcase on the theme of 'Traders and Trading Places. Displayed with the caption: "Dance mask from Mexico depicting a caricature of a Mediterranean trader, known locally as 'Arabe'. The mask is part of a series of secular dance masks caricaturing the types of foreigners familiar to local people. Donated by Mrs Elsie McDougall in 1951. 1951.11.12" [FC 20/06/2011]

Publications history, trails & websites: Illustrated as figure 24 on page 9 of Oxford and Latin America (Oxford: External Relations Office, University of Oxford, 1999). Caption (same page) reads: 'Mexican dance mask depicting a caricature of a Mediterranean trader. Held in the Pitt Rivers Museum.' [MdeA 2/9/99; JC 27 8 2009]