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Green and Gold Venetian Mask with Glitter Accents

Green and Gold Venetian Mask with Glitter Acc...

Product code: MA-8116GNGreen and gold mask with gold and purple glitter highlights. A gold brocade t..

$4.40

$4.40

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Green and Silver Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Green and Silver Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9058GNThis mask is hand-painted in a dark hunter green and silver. One side is gree..

$4.40

$4.40

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Orange and Bronze Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Orange and Bronze Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9058ORThis mask is hand-painted in orange and bronze. One side is bronze with burni..

$4.40

$4.40

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Purple and Gold Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Purple and Gold Two-Tone Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9058PUThis mask is hand-painted in purple and gold. One side is purple with raised ..

$4.40

$4.40

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Purple Filigree Mask

Purple Filigree Mask

Product code: MA-26604Purple metal mask. Filigree design with purple, green and gold jewels. Bl..

$17.85

$17.85

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Two-Tone Black and Gold Venetian Mask

Two-Tone Black and Gold Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9059GThis mask is hand-painted in black and gold. One side is black with raised gol..

$4.40

$4.40

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Two-Tone Black and Silver Venetian Mask

Two-Tone Black and Silver Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9059SThis mask is hand-painted in black and silver. One side is black with raised s..

$4.40

$4.40

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Two-Tone Green and Silver Venetian Mask

Two-Tone Green and Silver Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9059GNThis mask is hand-painted in a deep hunter green and silver. One side is gree..

$4.40

$4.40

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Two-Tone Purple and Gold Venetian Mask

Two-Tone Purple and Gold Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9059PUThis mask is hand-painted in purple and gold. One side is purple with raised ..

$4.40

$4.40

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Venetian Cateye Masks

Venetian Cateye Masks

Product code: MA-M7105These Venetian cateye-style masks come in a variety of colors with matching gl..

$8.95

$8.95

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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!