Another Korean traditional mask character is Bune, the young woman. This mask is one of the Hahoe characters. Bune, sometimes spelled “Punae” is a flirty young woman. In many plays, she appears either as the concubine of Yangban, the aristocrat, or of Sonbi, the scholar. With her tiny, fixed mouth, smiling eyes, and apple-cheeks, Bune represents beauty and good humor. Her character is a bit shady and unrefined, however. At times, she tempts the monks and other men into sin.
For performers, the masks offered freedom to anonymously express their criticisms of powerful local people. Some of the plays, also mock stereotyped versions of annoying personalities within the lower classes: the drunkard, the gossip, the flirt or the constantly-complaining grandmother.
Carved wood – alder ?
9″ x 6-1/2″ (22.9 cm x 15.9 cm)
Item # 10056-M