Hand-carved Hahoe Mask Plaque – Yangban

Original price was: $27.00.Current price is: $19.00.

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One of the main Hahoe masks, the Yangban (aristocrat) mask is often seen paired with the Bu-ne mask. The smiling face represents the bluff and composure that an aristocrat is often known to have. Haeho masks were known to have been used in Hahoe-tal (Hahoe mask, where Hahoe denotes a region in the Gyeongsamnam-do province in Korea) dances since the Chosun Dynasty.

Considered a masterpiece in mask art, this hand-carved and painted mask is a great addition to your mask collection.

Mask comes in a traditional pull-string pouch and can be given as a gift right away.

From a formative viewpoint, the Yangban mask has very smooth lines for the eyebrows, eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth. The facial type also seems smooth, generous and comfortable. This look can be regarded as quite close to Yangban characteristics shown in old sayings like ” A yangban would not run hastily even in heavy rain,” or when looking at the protruding lines and engraved sides of the mask, we can see some exaggeration of the features. Exaggeration and ease give contradictory feelings, but the Yangban mask may look either exaggerated or at ease due to the subtle intonation caused by a different point of view. (Excerpt from the Hahoe Mask Museum website. To read more, click here.)

As this is a hand-carved piece, please be aware that there may be imperfections in texture, color, and pattern. Mask is for decorative purposes, not for wearing. Length of ornamental string may vary and not be as long as shown in photos.

Dimensions – App. 10 x 15 cm / 3.94 x 5.9 inches

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Additional information

Weight130 g
Dimensions10 × 15 cm


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