Masks are an element of folklore for many cultures. They are crafted in many shapes, sizes and materials. Masks are mainly used to stir away bad spirits. Dancing masks are very popular and used during ceremonies. These special masks are made for dancing so that the performer can see around them. Dancing masks are also crafted lighter for this same reason. This intriguing mask was purchased in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The mask is built on a turtle shell. It has a knife for a headdress. Semi-precious stones in many sizes and shapes adorn this fantastic art piece. Enjoy!