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Alexander Peden

Peden's Mask

Period:
17th Century
Description:

Face-mask said to have been used, along with a wig, by the covenanting minister, Alexander Peden (1626 - 86). It is a professionally made piece that would have been an effective disguise. Peden may have felt some need of this as he was a wanted man for preaching at conventicles in Ayrshire after he was deprived of his charge at New Luce in 1662.

Materials/Media:
Leather, linen, hair, wood, feathers
Dimensions:
height 235 mm, width 260 mm; wig length 458 mm
Source:
National Museums Scotland
Accession number:
H.NT.239
Digital Number:
NMAC001n
Creation Date:
c. 1660 - 1670
Copyright:
Board of Trustees, National Museums Scotland