A mask is a covering, usually worn on the face, that hides the identity of the wearer. Masks have been used since antiquity for various purposes such as acting, crime and their use as weapons in warfare. They are still used today for their utility as protective equipment in industry and warfare, as well as in sports such as fencing, ice hockey, American football, motorcycle racing and basketball. In many cultures they are used to conceal the face for religious reasons or to mark other special occasions.
Masks are generally worn on the face but can also be positioned for hands and other body parts. They can be made from a variety of materials including leather, plastic film (polyethylene), fiberglass or metal. Some masks make it difficult to breathe or restrict vision. The word “mask” comes from Old Norse ‘maska’ meaning “to cover.”
Last modified: October 3, 2022