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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, as well as in the performing arts and for entertainment. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body. More generally in art history, especially sculpture, 'mask' is the term for a face without a body that is not modelled in the round (which would make it a 'head'), but for example appears in low relief. Etymology The word 'mask' appeared in English in the 1530s, from Middle French masque 'covering to hide or guard the face', derived in turn from Italian maschera, from Medieval Latin masca 'mask, specter, nightmare'. This word is of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic maskharah 'buffoon', from the verb sakhira 'to ridicule'. However, it may also come from Provenal mascarar 'to black (the face)' (or the related Catalan mascarar, Old French mascurer). This in turn is of uncertain origin perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English 'mesh', but perhaps from mask- 'black', a borrowing from a pre-Indo-European language. One German author claims the word 'mask' is originally derived from the Spanish ms que la cara (literally, 'more than the face' or 'added face'), which evolved to 'mscara', while the Arabic 'maskharat' referring to the buffoonery which is possible only by disguising the face would be based on these Spanish roots. Other related forms are Hebrew masecha= 'mask', Arabic maskhara = 'he ridiculed, he mocked', masakha = 'he transfomed' (transitive).
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