500 Years Of Hypnotic Masks Reveal Our Eternal Obsession With Disguise

March 26, 2015 12:45 PM

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500 Years Of Hypnotic Masks Reveal Our Eternal Obsession With Disguise

Whether it's a helmet for the big game, a disguise for a stealthy rendezvous, a transformative adornment completing a costume, or a headpiece dutifully positioned before singing in the mirror, most of us are familiar with the otherworldly metamorphosis that goes with donning a mask. What you may not know, however, is just how far back the mystifying powers of the curious accessories originated, and just how widely their traditions extend.

"Everybody has put on a mask in his life somehow, whether as a child or at some point later on," explained Jan Van Alphen, Director of Exhibitions, Collections & Research at the Rubin Museum of Art, in an interview with The Huffington Post Arts. "A mask is something everybody knows and is accustomed...

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