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Caratza de Boe masks

Traditional masks of the Ottana (NU) carnival (Barbagia, Sardinia) - Caratza de Boe (Machera del Bue).

They are made by hand, carving logs of different lineages with gouges and knife, painted with natural mordants and finished with fine waxes.

Available in different models, they can be selected from the drop-down menu - MODEL - below.

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€352.46
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Description

Bòes are traditional Barbaric masks typical of the Ottana (NU) carnival, among the best known in all of Sardinia.

They represent the struggle between animal instinct and human reason. In carnival performances, in fact, the Boe is chased, whipped and captured by the Merdule, acting out furious brawls around a large bonfire in the square that has always been held on the evening of January 16.

Mostly wild pear trees are used to make the mask and there may be various decorations, the most famous of which is the flower of life, a symbol of prosperity, hope and good omen. All Bòes masks also have horns and varied floral decorations.

The costume of the Bòes is completed with white sheepskins and a cluster of shoulder bells, also called Su Erru or Su Sonazos.

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Product Details
A002MARRAS_Boe2022_

Data sheet

Material
Wood
Italian region
Sardegna
Dimensions
Mod.10 H 40 cm, W 21 cm, D 9.5 cm; --- Mod.22 H 64 cm, W 20 cm, D 8 cm; --- Mod.23 H 46 cm, W 15 cm, D 8 cm; --- Mod.25 H 40 cm, W 18 cm, D 8.5 cm; --- Mod.27 H 38 cm, W 17 cm, D 7.5 cm; --- Mod.28 H 38 cm, W 16 cm, D 5.7 cm;
Weight
Mod.10 - 720g; --- Mod.22 - 760g; --- Mod.23 - 435g; --- Mod.25 650g; --- Mod.27 - 650g; --- Mod.28 - 470g;
Type of material
Mod.10 - Seasoned Alder wood; --- Mod.22 - Seasoned Poplar wood; --- Mod.23 - Seasoned Poplar wood; --- Mod.25 - Seasoned Pear wood; --- Mod.27 - Seasoned Poplar wood; --- Mod.28 - Seasoned Pear wood;
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