Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Masks from Sardinia

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

This is a stunning monument at Ottana, Sardinia.

The mask on the left represents the typical mask worn at carnival from the rural mountain town of Ottana.  Boes e Merdules represent an ox and his master. Wild pear wood is used in making these stunning, intricate masks, the star carved on the mask is for good luck and fortune.

The mask on the right is the mask of the Mamuthones from Mamoiada. The masks are made from the fig, elm, chestnut or walnut tree and are blackened to give off a phantom of a presence. The Mamuthone legacy is shrouded in secrecy and there is little documented evidence on their origins; some scholars argue that the Mamuthones had already marched in the nineteenth century while others argue that the ritual dance and parade goes back even further, to the Nuraghic Age.

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Have you witnessed carnival in central Sardinia?

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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5 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Masks from Sardinia

  1. Really amazing, Jennifer. To see a carnival with these masks, must be quite something. :)

  2. Rosemarie Kleinberg says:

    I totally agree with what anotherday2paradise said! Another fascinating and unique item from Sardegna! Love it!

    Rosemarie

  3. Aha, you made it to Ottana! Impressive statue isn’t it?! :-)

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