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Wooden mask used in the Festival of Saint Stephen

Unknown author20th century

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art

Wooden mask, used in the Festival of Saint Stephen, on December 26th and January 1st. It was collected by D. Sebastião Pessanha and consists of a type of mask used in the traditional winter festivals of the region of Trás-os-Montes, in the northeast of Portugal, also generally referred to as "Young men's Festivals", which until the mid-twentieth century constituted in these communities important rites of passage for male youngsters to adulthood.

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  • Title: Wooden mask used in the Festival of Saint Stephen
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Grijó de Parada, Bragança, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 28 cm
  • Type: Masks
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Wood

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