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Mask, Chewbacca, 1977

To form the foundation of the Chewbacca costume head, Stuart Freeborn created a foam latex mask over a resin mold of Peter Mayhew’s face. Chewbacca’s fur—a blend of yak and human hair—was glued onto the latex face mask and woven into a knit wool lining that covered Mayhew’s head and neck.

Accession number

Artist(s) / maker(s)
Designed by Ralph McQuarrie, built by Stuart Freeborn

24 x 12 x12 in.

Latex, textile

Donor credit
Gift of Stuart Freeborn

On view in Behind the Screen


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