This framed Hahoe mask set includes Sonbi, Bune, Yangban, Kagsi (a bride), Chung successively from the left. Hahoe masks have been used in Hahoe Tal Chum (Hahoe Mask Dance Drama), one of Korea's most traditional folk plays featuring various allegorical characters, such as Yangan (an arrogant aristocrat), Sonbi (a pedantic scholar), Bune (a flirtatious young woman), Chung (a depraved Buddist monk), Imae (a foolish servant), Baekjung (a coarse butcher), Halmi (an old widow) and more. Hahoe Tal Chum has been performed as a village ritual in Andong area of Gyeongsang-do province since Goryeo Dinasty (918-1392).
Sonbi Tal (a pedantic scholar mask) has wide nostrils and well-developed cheek bones to show that he is a scholar, full of discontent and unable to adjust to society. The mask reveals not only the dignity appropriate to a scholar, but also the arrogance that does not befit him. A Sonbi was a scholar who did not hold an official job, so spent his time studying the Chinese classics or writing poetry. In the play, Sonbi is severely satirized.
Kagsi Tal (a bride mask) has small eyes to show her shyness and a tiny mouth indicating that she does not often speak. She wears long tresses of hair in front and back showing she only moves her head for hanging tresses when she is walking. She plays the role of the local goddess in the first act and the bride in the last.
Chung Tal (a depraved Buddhist monk mask) has a greasy, grinning face to show his dissimulating behavior. He is not a monk who trains himself at a Buddhist temple, but a wandering and depraved monk whose grin is roughly insidious. The crescent-shaped eyes accord with his characteristics revealed in his lecherous behavior.