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Silver and White Venetian Lace Style Mask

Silver and White Venetian Lace Style Mask

Product code: MA-9349S Silver glitter scroll work accents this white Venetian style mask, gi..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$76.32)
Silver Venetian Full Face Mask

Silver Venetian Full Face Mask

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

$21.50

$21.50

1 piece (+$21.50)
Silver Venetian Long Nose Mask

Silver Venetian Long Nose Mask

Product code: MA-9066S A cherub sits on top of this striking mask, and a beautiful antique brushe..

$24.95

$24.95

1 piece (+$24.95)
Silver Venetian Mask

Silver Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9070S An antique brushed silver finish gives this simple mask a more elegan..

$9.95

$9.95

1 piece (+$9.95) 1 dozen (+$107.46)
Silver Venetian Upsweep Mask

Silver Venetian Upsweep Mask

Product code: MA-9068S A brushed antique silver gives this asymmetrical upsweep mask a touch..

$14.50

$14.50

1 piece (+$14.50) 1 dozen (+$156.60)
Sky Blue and Silver Lace Style Feather Mask with Stick

Sky Blue and Silver Lace Style Feather Mask w...

Product code: MA-9324BL Silver and blue glitter accents this sky blue mask, with feathers of..

$12.70

$12.70

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

Sky Blue and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code:  MA-9224SB Silver scroll work accents this sky blue form fitting Venetian..

$6.50

$6.50

1 piece (+$6.50) 1 dozen (+$70.20)
Sky Blue Venetian Style Mask

Sky Blue Venetian Style Mask

Product code: MA-9227SBSilver glitter scroll work is set against a sky blue in this striking two-..

$6.95

$6.95

1 piece (+$6.95) 1 dozen (+$66.72)
Sky Blue Venetian Style Mask with Stick

Sky Blue Venetian Style Mask with Stick

Product code: MA-9221SB Silver glitter accents this sky blue Venetian style mask with light blu..

$11.95

$11.95

1 piece (+$11.95) 1 dozen (+$129.06)
Small Pulcinella Wall Decor

Small Pulcinella Wall Decor

A beautiful decoration for any time of the year, this handmade Pulcinella mask is crafted of pape..

$5.95

$5.95

1 piece - $5.95 (+$5.95)
Swarovski Mask With Crown
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Swarovski Mask With Crown

Product code: MA-MAX 02Handmade in Italy and studded with Swarovski crystals, this mask will defi..

$337.00$270.00

$270.00 $337.00

White and Gold Venetian Style Mask

White and Gold Venetian Style Mask

Product code: MA-9227WGold glitter scroll work is set against white in this striking two toned Ve..

$6.95

$6.95

1 piece (+$6.95) 1 dozen (+$66.72)
White and Silver Feathered Venetian Mask with Stick

White and Silver Feathered Venetian Mask with...

Product code: MA-9219SL White and silver glitter accents this white Venetian style mask, wit..

$11.96

$11.96

1 piece (+$11.96) 1 dozen (+$143.52)
White and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

White and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9224W Silver and gold scroll work accents this cream colored form fitting V..

$6.50

$6.50

1 piece (+$6.50) 1 dozen (+$70.20)
White Venetian Lace Style Mask

White Venetian Lace Style Mask

Product code: MA-9349W White scroll work accents this white Venetian style mask, giving..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$76.32)
Black and Silver Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Black and Silver Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9058BKThis mask is hand-painted in black and silver. One side is black wi..

$4.40

$4.40

1 piece (+$4.40) 1 dozen (+$46.20)
Black Feather Upsweep Mask

Black Feather Upsweep Mask

Product code: MA-26430Black feathered Venetian-style mask with rhinestone trim and rhinestone upswee..

$10.25

$10.25

1 piece (+$10.25)
Black Feather Venetian Mask with Long Nose

Black Feather Venetian Mask with Long Nose

Product code: MA-26429Black feathered Venetian-style mask with long sparkly nose. Black ties se..

$18.50

$18.50

1 piece (+$18.50)
Black Filigree Mask with Purple, Green, and Gold Glitter

Black Filigree Mask with Purple, Green, and G...

Product code: MA-26603Black metal mask. Filigree design with purple, green and gold glittered sectio..

$18.00

$18.00

1 piece (+$18.00)
Gold Venetian Mask with Purple and Green Glitter

Gold Venetian Mask with Purple and Green Glit...

Product code: MA-8114GA matte gold is highlighted with purple and green glitter on this form-fitting..

$5.50

$5.50

1 piece (+$5.50) 1 dozen (+$66.00)
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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!