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Framed Print of Obby Oss Mask, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Obby Oss Mask, Padstow, Cornwall, England
Obby Oss Mask, Padstow, Cornwall, England
Masks such as these are used in the Padstow Obby Oss May Day celebrations. It is worn during a dance that celebrates the coming of Spring. It is also linked to fertility rights; any woman caught under the skirts of the Oss was thought to become pregnant. Each year, on the 1st May, the town is decorated in greenery and the Oss (horse) parades the streets, followed by a teaser who holds a padded bat. The procession is accompanied by accordions, drums and singing.

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Framed Print of Obby Oss Mask, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Masks such as these are used in the Padstow Obby Oss May Day celebrations. It is worn during a dance that celebrates the coming of Spring. It is also linked to fertility rights; any woman caught under the skirts of the Oss was thought to become pregnant. Each year, on the 1st May, the town is decorated in greenery and the Oss (horse) parades the streets, followed by a teaser who holds a padded bat. The procession is accompanied by accordions, drums and singing. The mask is worn with a black skirt that covers the wearer completely. Some have suggested the similarity to West African, Malaysian and New Guinea masks may be due to Cornish contact with these areas. The mask was made by the Bate family, and first worn by Walter Bate (1907- 1977) who was known locally as The Old Colonel because he had served in Kitchener's army. He was also a highly respected member of the lifeboat crew having been recognised for distinguished service. TRURI : 2007.88

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Media ID 18833267

Black , Face , Festival , Horse , Tradition , White

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Wood effect frame with 10x8 print in a card mount. Archival quality photographic paper. Overall outside dimensions are 14x12 inches (363x325mm). Features hardboard back stapled in with hanger and glazed with durable Styrene Plastic to provide a virtually unbreakable glass-like finish. Easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Moulding is 40mm wide by 15mm thick. Please note that, to prevent the paper falling through the mount window and to prevent cropping of the original artwork, the visible print may be slightly smaller to allow the paper to be securely attached to the mount without any white edging showing and to match the aspect ratio of the original artwork.

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