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The King and I Mask

<I>The King and I</I> Mask
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
This exquisite mask, based on 19th-century Thai ceremonial headgear, was created by Australian designer Roger Kirk for the 1996 Broadway revival of the musical play, The King and I. It was worn by dancer Tito Abeleda as part of his costume for the show's second act ballet based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The King and I, created in 1951 by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist-librettist Oscar Hammerstein, is one of the American musical theater's most enduring works.
Location
Currently not on view
wearer/user
Abeleda, Tito
designer
Kirk, Roger
Date Made
1996
Credit Line
Gift of Discover Financial Services Card, through Benedicta Lawrence
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 32 cm x 28 cm; 12 5/8 in x 11 in
Object Type
mask