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PREFERRED TERM
mask  
SCOPE NOTE
  • Refers to coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth. They are worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection. Masks as cultural objects have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age. Masks are extremely varied in appearance, function, and fundamental meaning. They may be associated with ceremonies that have religious and social significance or are concerned with funerary customs, fertility rites, or curing sickness. They may be used on festive occasions or to portray characters in a dramatic performance and in re-enactments of mythological events. They may be used for warfare and as protective devices in certain sports. They are also employed as architectural ornaments. (AAT)
IN OTHER LANGUAGES
masker

Dutch

masque

French

Maske

German

μάσκα

Greek

מסכה

Hebrew

maschera

Italian

máscara

Portuguese

maska

Serbian

máscara

Spanish

careta
mask

Swedish

URI
http://thesaurus.europeanafashion.eu/thesaurus/10183
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