mask (dance & live theatre)

Turon mask made of wood that has been painted black, with red eyes, nostrils, and mouth. It has a brown woollen 'mane', nail-studded horns, a string-operated flap mouth, and a short handle fixed in the neck.

This mask represents Turon, a creature from Polish mythology. Turon appears during festivals held at Christmas and is associated with fertility in some regions. The mask, which has nail-studded horns, is made of painted wood. It has a brown woollen mane, and the lower jaw can be moved by pulling on a string. This mask would have been worn with a costume that concealed the wearer.

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