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하회탈 hahoe tal (purifying ritual mask)
  • Kim Ki-su 金琪洙
    1917–1986
    active: Korea
  • 하회탈 hahoe tal (purifying ritual mask), 1977
  • Where object was made: Korea
  • paper, rice glue, ink, color pigments, thread
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 x 16 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Lilly Y. Tsubaki
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0075
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Two-piece brown maskits top and bottom halves are joined together by a cord. This gives the mask the appearance of having a wide gaping maw beneath a broad flattened nose. Cut-outs for eyes are mere slits due to the mask’s pronounced furrowed brow. Black markings delineate hairline, eyebrows, moustache, and beard.

This mask is used in the Hahoe Mask Dance Purifying Ritual (Hahoe Byeolsingut,하회별신굿) still held in early spring in Andong Hahoe Village, located in North Gyeongsangbuk. This mask is a copy of an original mask designated as a national treasure and was made during the visit of Kim Ki-su to the University of Kansas in 1977.