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Symbolism in mask making. Symbolism. Something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.

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Symbolism in mask making

Symbolism in mask making


Symbolism in mask making

Symbolism

Something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.


Symbolism in mask making

When considering the role symbols played in different cultures, bear in mind the role the mask played within that culture.

theatre and dance performances.

good or evil mythological beings

outdoor worshipping

religious ceremonies

Ritual as a death mask.

funerary masks

ward off illness

spirits


Symbolism in mask making

Gold and silver show the audience that the character is a god or a demon. The character also may be a ghost or a spirit. Gold and silver symbolize mystery.

Many colors are used in any given Chinese mask, but the dominant colors impart specific characteristics.

Red used on masks indicates a positive character. Red can also mean prosperity, loyalty, courage and heroism. Red shows intelligence and bravery.

Black means that the character is neutral. Black also indicates impartiality and integrity.

Green shows that the character is violent, impulsive and lacks restraint.

Purple is sometimes used as a substitute for red. In its own right, purple can represent justice and sophistication.

Yellow tells the audience that the character is cruel. Yellow can also mean evil, hypocritical, ambitious or sly.

Blue faces are also an indication of neutrality. In addition, blue can show stubbornness, astuteness and fierceness.

White faces indicate that the character is evil and hypocritical.


Symbolism in mask making

The Dogon of Mali, who are expert agriculturists, the antelope is the symbol of the hardworking farmer.


Symbolism in mask making

The Bamana people of Mali also have a rich agricultural tradition. The Bamana believe that the antelope taught man how to farm. The horns represent the sprouting of grain.


Symbolism in mask making

Female masks of the Punu of Gabon have highly arched eyebrows, almond-shaped eyes and a narrow chin. The raised strip running from both sides of the nose to the ears represents ornamental jewelry.

The mask is topped by a dark black hairstyle, but the face of the mask is white to represent the whiteness and beauty of the spirit world.


Symbolism in mask making

Usually, the only way to find out if a design was supposed to be a symbol with meaning was to ask the maker.


Symbolism in mask making

Focus questions

Symbols played a critical function in many cultures throughout the world.

What is a symbol?

What are some different forms of symbols within different cultures?

What purpose or role would these symbols have in the society in which the mask was created?

What are the symbols used in your Cultural Mask?


Symbolism in mask making

The Senefou people of the Ivory Coast carve masks with eyes half-shut and lines drawn near the mouth to represent tranquility.


Symbolism in mask making

Native American masks were usually created in the likeness of an animal. These animals represented certain Native American ideas such as spirits and status.


Symbolism in mask making

Feathers

Symbols of prayers, sources of ideas or marks of honor. 


Symbolism in mask making

Feather Arrangements (Circular)

Placed in a circular arrangement, they are related to the sun, and consequently, the Creator.


Symbolism in mask making

Sometimes a design or color was a symbol, that is, it stood for an idea or told a story.

For example, among the Crow, the color black was a symbol for victory; arrow symbols might mean a hunt or a battle.

http://www.lewisandclarktrail.com/section2/colorsanddesigns.htm


Symbolism in mask making

Usually, the only way to find out if a design was supposed to be a symbol with meaning was to ask the maker.


Symbolism in mask making

Focus questions

Symbols played a critical function in many cultures throughout the world.

What is a symbol?

What are some different symbols within different cultures?

What purpose or role would these symbols have in the society in which the mask was created?

What are the symbols used in your Cultural Mask?


Symbolism in mask making

Native Americans used plant materials to make beautiful, soft colors to dye wool, cotton, and other fibers. They made almost every color, though shades of yellow were the easiest to produce.


Symbolism in mask making

In addition to creating Native American masks with animal characteristics, they also created portrait masks. These masks were modeled after a certain person.


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