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Hand Carved Wood Korean Hahoe Mask Bune Hahoetal
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Item number: 1588
Bune Tal (a flirtatious young woman mask) has oval face, crescent-shaped eyebrows, high nose, and small mouth, which were considered as the conditions of a beautiful woman's face in the traditional Korean society. Even though she closes her mouth, these features of her face give her smiling look. She enters as a concubine and singing and dancing girl of Yangban (an arrogant aristocrat) and Sonbi (a pedantic scholar). The lewdness around the outer corners of her eyes and mouth signifies that she is a wanton woman. The crescent-shaped eyebrows mean that she is endowed with the artistic talent.

Hahoe masks (Hahoetal) 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 Dynasty (918-1392).

Size: 6.3"W x 9.3"H (16 x 23.5cm)
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