Traditional masks of central Sardinia (Barbagia) handmade.
Materials: wood, leather and resin. Of various shapes, with non-toxic water-based colors.
Mamuthones are, together with Issohadores, the typical masks of the carnival of Mamoiada (Sardinia). These two figures are distinguished by their clothes and the way they move inside the procession: the Mamuthones proceed tired and silent, while Issohadores dress colorfully and give movement to the procession.
The facemask of mamuthone (visera) is black and wooden. It is secured to the face by straps of leather and surrounded by a handkerchief of women's fashion. The body of mamuthone is covered with black sheepskins (mastruca), while on the back are arranged a series of bells (carriga).
Masks are manufactured with various types of wood, subsequently blackened. In addition to the fig tree, alder and elm are also used; some are chestnut or walnut, while originally they were made of wild pear.