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12" Stick for Masks

12" Stick for Masks

Product code: MA-STICKYou've found the perfect mask for your masquerade event, but it has a ribbo..

$1.00

$1.00

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Black and Blue Venetian Cateye Mask

Black and Blue Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9224BL Silver scroll work accents this black form-fitting Venetian style mask. B..

$6.50

$6.50

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Black and Copper Flame Style Venetian Mask

Black and Copper Flame Style Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9286BK Copper and black glitter accents this fiery form-fitting mask. Small jewe..

$8.76

$8.76

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Black and Copper Venetian Lace Style Mask

Black and Copper Venetian Lace Style Mask

Product code: MA-9300BK Black and copper glitter accents adorn this form-fitting black Venetian s..

$6.36

$6.36

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Black and Gold Upsweep Style Venetian Mask

Black and Gold Upsweep Style Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9290G This two-tone upsweep style mask is bordered with a braided lace trim wit..

$7.96

$7.96

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Black and Gold Venetian Lace Style Mask

Black and Gold Venetian Lace Style Mask

Product code: MA-9297G Black and gold glitter accents adorn this form-fitting black Venetian s..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$76.32)
Black and Silver Lace Style Venetian Mask

Black and Silver Lace Style Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9297S Black and silver glitter accents this form fitting black Venetian style ..

$6.36

$6.36

1 piece (+$6.36) 1 dozen (+$76.32)
Black and Silver Upsweep Style Venetian Mask

Black and Silver Upsweep Style Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9290S This two-tone upsweep style mask is bordered with a braided lace trim..

$7.96

$7.96

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Black and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

Black and Silver Venetian Cateye Mask

Product code: MA-9224BK Silver scroll work accents this black form fitting Venetian style mask. ..

$6.50

$6.50

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

Black Lace Venetian Mask

Product code: MA-9529 Black lace covers this black form-fitting mask, for a more sophisticat..

$7.95

$7.95

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Black Venetian Mask with Silver Glitter Accents

Black Venetian Mask with Silver Glitter Accen...

Product code: MA-M3112BS This black form-fitting Venetian mask is accented with silver&..

$5.50

$5.50

Black Venetian Upsweep Mask

Black Venetian Upsweep Mask

Product code: MA-9077BK Black glitter swirls give this asymmetrical upsweep style mask a ..

$14.50

$14.50

Blue and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Blue and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Product code: MA-9236BL Blue and black compliment each other perfectly in this two-toned but..

$6.36

$6.36

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Blue and Gold Feathered Venetian Mask with Stick

Blue and Gold Feathered Venetian Mask with St...

Product code: MA-9219BL Blue and gold glitter accents this sky blue Venetian style mask, wit..

$11.96

$11.96

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Blue and Gold Venetian Style Mask

Blue and Gold Venetian Style Mask

Product code: MA-9227BLGold glitter scroll work is set against a deep blue in this striking two-to..

$6.95

$6.95

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Blue Venetian Mask with Leaves

Blue Venetian Mask with Leaves

Product code: MA-9188BLLeaves of silver, red, and blue adorn this form-fitting gold mask accented wi..

$7.96

$7.96

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Blue Venetian Style Cateye Mask with Feather Trim

Blue Venetian Style Cateye Mask with Feather ...

Product code: MA-9213BL Silver and blue glitter highlights this sky blue Venetian style mask. Fea..

$11.95

$11.95

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Brown and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Brown and Black Butterfly-Shaped Mask

Product code: MA-9236BR Brown and black compliment each other perfectly in this two-toned bu..

$6.36

$6.36

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Brown and Gold Flame Style Venetian Mask

Brown and Gold Flame Style Venetian Mask

Product code: M1412213Gold and brown glitter accents this fiery form-fitting mask. Gold scrollwor..

$6.00

$6.00

1 piece (+$6.00) 1 dozen (+$72.00)
Brown Venetian Mask with Leaves

Brown Venetian Mask with Leaves

Product code: MA-9188BR Leaves of silver, red, and brown adorn this form-fitting gold mask a..

$7.96

$7.96

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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!