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Green and Copper Feathered Venetian Lace Style Mask

Green and Copper Feathered Venetian Lace Styl...

Product code: MA-9329GN A beautiful deep green and copper mask is accented with hints of gli..

$11.16

$11.16

1 piece (+$11.16) 1 dozen (+$133.92)
Green and Gold Lace Style Feather Mask with Stick

Green and Gold Lace Style Feather Mask with S...

Product code: MA-9324GN Green and gold glitter accents this dark green mask, with feathers of b..

$12.70

$12.70

1 piece (+$12.70) 1 dozen (+$152.40)
Green and Gold Venetian Mask

Green and Gold Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-8115G Green and gold Venetian-style mask with purple and gold glitter scrol..

$4.40

$4.40

1 piece (+$4.40) 1 dozen (+$46.20)
Green and Purple Venetian Mask

Green and Purple Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-8115LGN Light green and purple Venetian-style mask with purple and gol..

$4.40

$4.40

1 piece (+$4.40) 1 dozen (+$46.20)
Green Venetian Mask with Purple and Gold Glitter

Green Venetian Mask with Purple and Gold Glit...

Product code: MA-8114GN A deep green is highlighted with gold and purple glitter on this for..

$5.50

$5.50

1 piece (+$5.50) 1 dozen (+$66.00)
Italian Joker Wall Decor

Italian Joker Wall Decor

A very striking and unique decoration, this joker mask will be sure to be a conversation starter...

$150.00

$150.00

Orange and Silver Lace Style Feather Mask with Stick

Orange and Silver Lace Style Feather Mask wit...

Product code: MA-9324OROrange glitter accents this orange mask, with feathers of orange and bla..

$12.70

$12.70

1 piece (+$12.70) 1 dozen (+$152.40)
Orange and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

Orange and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9224OR Silver scroll work accents this orange form fitting Venetian style m..

$6.50

$6.50

1 piece (+$6.50) 1 dozen (+$70.20)
Purple and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Purple and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Product code: MA-9236PU Purple and black compliment each other perfectly in this two-toned b..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$76.20)
Purple and Gold Venetian Cateye Mask

Purple and Gold Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: M17581 Metallic gold trim winds around this shiny plastic purple Ven..

$5.95

$5.95

1 piece (+$5.95) 1 dozen (+$64.26)
Purple and Gold Venetian Mask

Purple and Gold Venetian Mask

Product Code: MA-8115LG Purple and gold Venetian-style mask with green and gold glitter..

$4.40

$4.40

1 piece (+$4.40) 1 dozen (+$46.20)
Purple Venetian Mask with Green and Gold Glitter

Purple Venetian Mask with Green and Gold Glit...

Product code: MA-8114PU A deep purple is highlighted with green and gold glitter on this for..

$5.50

$5.50

1 piece (+$5.50) 1 dozen (+$66.00)
Purple Venetian Style Cateye Mask with Feather Trim

Purple Venetian Style Cateye Mask with Feathe...

Product code: MA-9213PU Purple and gold glitter highlights this purple Venetian style mask. Fea..

$11.95

$11.95

1 piece (+$11.95) 1 dozen (+$129.06)
Purple, Green, and Gold Butterfly Style Mask

Purple, Green, and Gold Butterfly Style Mask

Product code: M1414322 Purple, green and gold butterfly-shaped Venetian mask with multicolor gl..

$6.00

$6.00

1 piece (+$6.00) 1 dozen (+$72.00)
Rectangular Swarovski Crystal Mask
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Rectangular Swarovski Crystal Mask

Product code: MA-MAX 01If Audrey Hepburn had gone to a masquerade ball in Breakfast at Tiffany's,..

$337.00$270.00

$270.00 $337.00

Red and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Red and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Product Code: MA-9236RD Red and black compliment each other perfectly in this two-toned butt..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$76.20)
Red and Copper Feathered Venetian Mask with Stick

Red and Copper Feathered Venetian Mask with S...

Product code: MA-9219RD Red and gold glitter accents this rusty red and copper colored ..

$11.96

$11.96

1 piece (+$11.96) 1 dozen (+$143.52)
Red Painted Naked Mask
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Red Painted Naked Mask

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

$75.00$45.00

$45.00 $75.00

Silver and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Silver and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Product code: MA-9295S Silver and black compliment each other perfectly in this two-toned bu..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$68.69)
Silver and Gold Venetian Cateye Mask

Silver and Gold Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-8121S This delicate two-toned mask is perfect if you want something simple...

$3.80

$3.80

1 piece (+$3.80) 1 dozen (+$45.60)
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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!