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Casanova venetian mask
   
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Jolly Bell
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Liberty Musica
 
Nasone
 Nasone Musica   
 Naso Turco
   Naso Turco Musica   Naso Pulcinella   
Naso Turco  Naso Turco Musica  Naso Pulcinella   
  Pierrot   Volto Unicorno     
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 Naso Peste  Gatto Musica  Gatto Decor Aria   
  Volto Arcobaleno Strass   Volto Decor Aria   Volto Fly   
 Volto Arcobaleno Strass  Volto Decor Aria  Volto Fly   
  Gatto Rombi   Bauta Art Deco   Commedia-Tragedia   
 Gatto Rombi  Bauta Art Deco  Commedia-Tragedia   
 Diavolo    Naso Scaramouche  Gatto Arco Strass   
Diavolo
  Naso Scaramouche  Gatto Arco Strass   
 Bauta Musica  Volto Musica     
 Bauta Musica  Volto Musica     

 All products are manufactured by hand, according to a tradition of genuine Venetian craftmanship with .handcrafted papier mâché which is use to create the masks possesses an elasticity and softness that allows it to adapt comfortably and perfectly to its wearer's face.

HISTORY

Commedia dell'arte has three main stock roles: servant, master, and innamorati, (lovers) and the characters themselves are often referred to as "masks", which according to John Rudlin, cannot be separated from the character. In other words the characteristics of the character and the characteristics of the mask are the same. The servants or the clowns are referred to as the Zanni and include characters such as Arlecchino, Brighella and Pedrolino. Some of the better known commedia dell'arte characters are Arlecchino (also known as Harlequin), Pantalone, Il Dottore, Brighella, Il Capitano, Colombina, the Innamorati, Pedrolino, Pulcinella, Sandrone, Scaramuccia (also known as Scaramouche), il Somardino, La Signora, and Tartaglia.

The Medico Della Peste with its long beak is one of the most bizarre and recognisable of the Venetian masks. The striking design has a macabre history originating from 17th century French physician Charles de Lorme who adopted the mask together with other sanitary precautions while treating plague victims. The mask is white consisting of a hollow beak and round eye holes covered with crystal discs creating a bespectacled effect.

Today, the masks are often more decorative. The doctors who followed de Lorme's example wore the usual black hat and long black cloak as well as the mask, white gloves and a stick (to move patients without having to come into physical contact). They hoped these precautions would prevent them contracting the disease. Those who wear the 'plague doctor' mask often wear the associated clothing of the beak doctor costume. The popularity of the Medico della Peste among carnivale celebrants can be seen as a memento mori.

 

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