GOODWILL ART GUIDE — Craft, Design & Culture

MASKS OLD AND NEW
These notes examine four types of mask: actors masks, death masks, ritual and religious masks and protective masks.



Today plastic Hallowe’en ghouls or Donald Duck masks are mass-produced to amuse children. However, behind the history of the mask lie deeper human desires. A mask hides the face, or creates a new one. The purpose of mask wearing in some parts of the world is to conjure up spirits. In others, it merely adds a little mystery and fun to life. Mask making calls for considerable ingenuity and artistry. The 25 examples in this set show how the design of masks and helmets crosses boundaries of time and space.

Price £15utt

The 25 images and 38 pages in this e-book offer concise information, teaching ideas and the opportunity for fresh and creative thinking about the subject.

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LIST OF CONTENTS

PART I
INTRODUCING MASKS
A new face; the origins of masks;
death masks; ancestral spirits;
theatrical masks; royal masques

PART 2
SUGGESTED CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
Learning from masks; face value;
caricature; the influence of colour;
common facial features; behind the mask;
protective masks; breathing space

PART 3
HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE MASKS
Ideas for construction;
adding decoration;
how to make a bird mask

PART 4
LOOKING AT THE MASKS
Ancient and modern masks
Antler frontlet, Yorkshire
Egyptian funerary mask
Roman actor’s mask
Peruvian fox head-dress
Italian carnival mask
Warrior helmets
Sutton Hoo helmet
Ottoman war mask
Japanese Samurai helmet
South America
Bolivian devil mask
Guatamalan snarling mask
North America and Canada
Tlingit raven mask
Ceremonial mask
Kwakwaka’waka mask
Thunderbird mask
Nuxalk mask
Australia
Turtle-shell mask
Papua New Guinea

Eharo spirit mask
Indonesia
Mask of a prince
Javanese actor’s mask
Japan and Korea
Korean Demon mask
Japanese No mask
Japanese Miniature No masks
Tibet
Dancing mask
Monastic mask
Sri Lanka

Curing mask