KOREAN MASK Hahoe Dance Drama Bronze Medal Traditional Korean Mint

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This fantastic Korean Mask Bronze Medal from the Korean Mint celebrates this wide diversity of dancing masks in these traditions. The medal is minted with high relief, has an Antique Finish quality, a decagonal shape and will be shipped in an interesting presentation case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Low and limited mintage to only 200 pieces worldwide.

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Country South Korea
Year 2016
Metal Cupronickel
Weight (g) 311 (10 oz)
Diameter (mm) 80
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 200
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Korean Mask - Hahoe
Korean masks have a long tradition with the use in a variety of contexts. Masks are called tal in Korean, but they are also known by many others names such as gamyeon, gwangdae, chorani, talbak and talbagaji. Korean Mask come with black cloth attached to the sides of the mask designed to cover the back of the head and also to simulate black hair. They were used in war, on both soldiers and their horses; ceremonially, for burial rites in jade and bronze and for shamanistic ceremonies to drive away evil spirits; to remember the faces of great historical figures in death masks; and in the arts, particularly in ritual dances, courtly, and theatrical plays. The present uses are as miniature masks for tourist souvenirs, or on cell-phones where they hang as good-luck talismans. There are two ways to categorize masks: religious masks and artistic masks. Religious masks were often used to ward off evil spirits and the artistic masks were mostly used in dances and theater shows.


The reverse of this interesting bronze medal depicts 8 traditional masks and the mask that stands out in the middle is the most well-known mask called, “Hahoe”. On the top of the medal, the inscriptions: “Korean Traditional Mask” and “Hahoe Mask” – the name of the medal. The obverse of this medal depicts a vivid and detailed representation of a theatrical play in which these masks would typically be featured is shown. A man in the Hahoe Mask and a distinctive headdress stands behind a second masked. ”Hahoe Mask Dance Drama” is inscribed to the left, while Korean inscriptions are found along the rim to the top-right.