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      ovidiu oana

      Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.
      Venetian masks are characterised by their ornate design, featuring bright colours such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. Many designs of Venetian masks stem from Commedia dell’arte. They can be full-face masks (e.g. the bauta) or eye masks (e.g. the Colombina).

      I have received a such mask with bells few days ago after my daughter visited Venice [February 2015]

      Another piece in my collection as small one replica you can find at:
      This kind of mask with bells is also known as “Maschera del galeone”

      A brief history about Venetian masks you can find at:

      Thank you and have a nice spring!

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