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Gold Venetian Mask with Red Stones
SKU:
763285220708
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Venetian Mask with Green Stones
SKU:
763285220661
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Black Metal Filigree Cateye Mask with Swarvski Crystals
SKU:
MA-MAX 03C
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Silver Mask on Stick with Swarovski Crystals
SKU:
MA-MAX 04
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Rectangular Swarovski Crystal Mask
SKU:
MA-MAX 01
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Swarovski Mask With Crown
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MA-MAX 02
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Swarovski Mask With Crown

1 Piece - $337.00

     
 
Gold Painted Kissing Mask
SKU:
MA-MAX 013B
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Red Painted Naked Mask
SKU:
MA-MAX 013A
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Red Painted Naked Mask

Piece - $75.00

Green Tragedy Mask
SKU:
MA-MAX 014
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Green Tragedy Mask

1 Piece - $56.25

     
 
Italian Joker Wall Decor
SKU:
D-MAX 015
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Italian Joker Wall Decor

1 Piece - $150.00

Pierrot Head Wall Decor
SKU:
D-MAX 07
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Pierrot Head Wall Decor

1 Piece - $75.00

Small Pulcinella Wall Decor
SKU:
D-MAX 06
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Small Pulcinella Wall Decor

1 Piece - $75.00

     
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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!