Mask

A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body, so in parts of Australia giant totem masks cover the body, whilst Inuit women use finger masks during storytelling and dancing.

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Famous quotes containing the word mask:

    We never really are the adults we pretend to be. We wear the mask and perhaps the clothes and posture of grown-ups, but inside our skin we are never as wise or as sure or as strong as we want to convince ourselves and others we are. We may fool all the rest of the people all of the time, but we never fool our parents. They can see behind the mask of adulthood. To her mommy and daddy, the empress never has on any clothes—and knows it.
    Frank Pittman (20th century)

    ‘Tis not need we know our every thought
    Or see the work shop where each mask is wrought
    Wherefrom we view the world of box and pit,
    Careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit
    And serve our jape’s turn for a night or two.
    Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

    But today I set the bed afire
    and smoke is filling the room,
    it is getting hot enough for the walls to melt,
    and the icebox, a gluey white tooth.
    I have on a mask in order to write my last words,
    and they are just for you....
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)