Venetian Masks

Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition.

The masks are typically worn during the Carnival in Venice.

It is for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.

The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely,

when they wanted to interact with other members of the society .

It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal,

but others were just personal, such as romantic encounters!!!!!!.

Full face masks are called Bauta and eye masks the Columbina.

One of the ugliest Venetian masquerade masks is the 'Plague Doctor'.

It was worn to protect him from airborne diseases.

The costume, originating in the 17th century, consisted of an ankle length overcoat

and a bird-like beak mask often filled with sweet or strong smelling substances,

along with gloves, boots, a brim hat, and an outer over-clothing garment.

You can see a picture of the mask in the window below.

Peter Pan Masks .. Santa Croce, Venice.

It is run by 3 Sisters. They make and sell masks

mainly in the old papier-mâché style. They also give lessons too.

(I have actually visited this amazing shop )

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