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취발이 chwibari tal (old bachelor mask)
  • Yu Gyeong-seong 柳敬成
    active: Korea
  • 취발이 chwibari tal (old bachelor mask), 1971
  • Where object was made: Korea
  • paper, rice glue, ink, color pigments, cloth, human hair
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.5 x 18.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/8 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift of Lilly Y. Tsubaki
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0074

Red oval-shaped mask is embellished by a tuft of real human hair attached at the top. Facial featuresnose, eyes, and mouth are elongated. Cut-outs for eyestheir downward slant gives the mask a sad or worried appearance. Wavy raised lines suggest jowls. Its tongue sticks out prominently from puckered lips.

This Korean paper mask or tal 탈is represents chwibari, or the “old bachelor.” In many plays this role seduces the concubine called eaesadang.