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Cream and Gold Square Venetian Mask

Cream and Gold Square Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9069G Smiling faces top the mask in the middle, while antique gold scrollwo..

$21.50

$21.50

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Cream and Gold Venetian Butterfly Mask

Cream and Gold Venetian Butterfly Mask

Product code: MA-9096BL A harlequin design and musical notes are just two of the accents on this ..

$6.36

$6.36

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Cream and Gold Venetian Mask

Cream and Gold Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9184RD An antique finish and whimsically placed cut outs make this handpainted m..

$12.95

$12.95

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Cream and Purple Venetian Butterfly Mask

Cream and Purple Venetian Butterfly Mask

Product code: MA-9096PU A harlequin design and musical notes are just two of the accents on this ..

$6.36

$6.36

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Cream and Silver Square Venetian Mask

Cream and Silver Square Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9069S Smiling faces top the mask in the middle, while antique silver scroll..

$21.50

$21.50

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Cream and Silver Venetian Mask

Cream and Silver Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9184BL An antique finish and whimsically placed cut outs make this handpainted m..

$12.95

$12.95

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Cream Venetian Style Cateye Mask with Feather Trim

Cream Venetian Style Cateye Mask with Feather...

Product code: MA-9213W White and gold glitter highlights this cream colored Venetian style mask. ..

$11.95

$11.95

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Gold and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Gold and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Product code: MA-9295G Gold and black compliment each other perfectly in this two-toned butt..

$6.36

$6.36

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Gold and Black Venetian Cateye Mask

Gold and Black Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9099BK A darker finish gives this handpainted Venetian style mask an antiqu..

$4.40

$4.40

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Gold and Black Venetian Mask with Feathers

Gold and Black Venetian Mask with Feathers

Product code: MA-9266G This two-tone mask is bordered with a black and gold brocad..

$9.50

$9.50

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Gold and Blue Glitter Venetian Cateye Mask

Gold and Blue Glitter Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: M17143 This unique form-fitting Venetian mask is bordered by a blue and gold c..

$3.65

$3.65

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Gold and Blue Venetian Cateye Mask

Gold and Blue Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9099BL A darker finish gives this handpainted Venetian style mask an antiqu..

$4.40

$4.40

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Gold and Red Venetian Cateye Mask

Gold and Red Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9099RD A darker finish gives this handpainted Venetian style mask an antique loo..

$4.40

$4.40

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Gold and White Feathered Venetian Mask with Stick

Gold and White Feathered Venetian Mask with S...

Product code: MA-9219BR White and gold glitter accents this white Venetian style mask, with ..

$11.96

$11.96

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Gold Painted Kissing Mask
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Gold Painted Kissing Mask

Product code: MA-MAX 013BThis unique hand-painted mask is the perfect way to make a bold statemen..

$45.00$45.00

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Gold Venetian Cateye Mask

Gold Venetian Cateye Mask

Product Code: MA-8121G This delicate mask is perfect if you want something simple. An antiqu..

$3.80

$3.80

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Gold Venetian Full Face Mask

Gold Venetian Full Face Mask

Product code: MA-9067G This Venetian style full face mask is the perfect way to go to the masquer..

$21.50

$21.50

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Gold Venetian Long Nose Mask

Gold Venetian Long Nose Mask

Product code: MA-9066G A golden cherub sits on top of this striking mask, and a beautiful cream c..

$24.95

$24.95

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Gold Venetian Mask

Gold Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9070G An antique brushed gold finish gives this simple mask a more elegant ..

$9.95

$9.95

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Gold Venetian Upsweep Mask

Gold Venetian Upsweep Mask

Product code: MA-9068G A brushed antique gold gives this asymmetrical upsweep mask a touch o..

$14.50

$14.50

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Italian Venetian Masks


Italian Venetian Masks

Italian Venetian Masks have an ancient heritage. Coming from the Venetians, in Italy, some of the richest, and most eccentric people in the world at that day, wore Italian Venetian Masks which were considered a way of equalizing citizens. Nobles and peasants alike were unable to tell each other apart. Usually these mask were worn during the season of Lent, and so again, the masked populace could partake of feasts and celebrate without a priest being the wiser. There were some legitimate uses of the mask. A doctor might wear one, with special herbs tucked in and around the nose to prevent the wearer from catching the plague, that was so prevalent during these years. It was felt that the mask gave the Doctor, protection against the germs. Mask wearing even had it's own etiquette and rules.

Some legends say that it began as early as the beginning of the first millenia in 1092, others say it came later in 1162, sixty years, give or take, it is still a very old custom. Citizens of Venice, found they could come and go as they pleased, conduct their business, and still remain anonymous in the fishbowl of Venice, where everyone knew his neighbor's business.

Slowly through out the years of being anonymous, there began to grow out of this carnival atmosphere, an unsavory element of promiscuity, and decadence. Rome, unwilling to stop it because of the generous donations that poured in from Venice were unwilling to aggravate the Venetians. Finally, in desperation, to bring the citizens and the city back into line, a law was passed that only during a certain three months of the years could the mask be worn. Later that was shortened to a month.

The carnival atmosphere dissipated for many years, and was only brought back to life, here in the US, by some students in 1979. Thirty years later, the tradition of Mardi Gras and Masks, is a strong as ever!