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애사당 eaesadang tal (female entertainer mask)
  • Kim Seong-dae 김성대 金成大
    active: Korea
  • 애사당 eaesadang tal (female entertainer mask), probably 1970s
  • Where object was made: Korea
  • paper, rice glue, ink, color pigments, cloth
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 x 19 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Lilly Y. Tsubaki
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0076

A black hooded, white oval-shaped mask is decorated by three prominent red dots-on both cheeks and the forehead; red markings also emphasize the corners of the eyes and interior of the mouth. Black markings delineate its hairline and raised eyebrows. The mask’s features are characterized by a large elongated wedge-shaped nose and raised infinity sign (two tear drop shapes joined together) for a mouth. Cut-outs for eyes are angled so as to give the mask an anxious, worried, or fearful appearance.

This mask is used in the Yangjoobeolsandae Mask Play, which uses twenty different types of masks and is one of the most representative mask plays in Gyeonggi province, located in the central west part of the Korean peninsula. The performance usually consists of eight independent stories that satirize the socio-economic situation of the late Joseon period in humorous, yet critical ways. Its main characters consist of social outcasts such as a female shaman, entertainers, servants, a renounced monk, and a fallen aristocrat.