Boe (bullock) mask
This monoxylous mask (carved out of a single piece of wood) was sculpted for the Ottana Carnival in Sardinia to play the character of the boe, or bullock. In Ottana, every Sunday from St. Anthony’s Day (17 January) to Ash Wednesday, a masquerade of the domestication of the boes, the bullocks, by the merdules, the masters, is played out.
The carnivals and masquerade balls of winter take on many different aspects, like celebrations of the transition from one year to the next. This shot, snapped during a several-year ethnographic survey of the carnivals of Europe and the Mediterranean, displays a number of features shared by all these festivities.
Like many figures in wintertime masquerades, he wears heavy bells that jangle as he walks. The din of these bells helps to symbolically ring in the new year on a healthy basis by disturbing the oppressive silence of winter, causing demons to take flight and reproducing the original commotion that preceded the creation of the world.
Official poster for the opening match of the 1930 FIFA World Cup
Football was born in British public schools toward the end of the 19th century. This official poster for the opening match of the 1930 World Cup, which saw the French and Mexican football teams face off (4-1) on 13 July at Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo, Uruguay, was designed by Guillermo Laborde (1886-1940), an Uruguayan painter, sculptor and draughtsman.
Red Army ultra supporters at Bijeli Brijeg Stadium
The ultra movement is a youth sub-culture that can be found throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Whether in Casablanca, Naples, Istanbul or Mostar, like in this image, young football fans unfurl flags and banners, encouraging their teams by banging on drums and chanting into megaphones.
© Mucem 2017
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