Venetian Mask Il Giglio
Decorative Venetian mask to hang on the wall. Length between 33,5 and 35 cm. The mask is made of resin (artificial stone) and is derived from the festive Italian macheri masks for the Carnevale di Venezia. The collection includes six variants.
Background of Venetian masks
From its origins in the 12th century, becoming unrecognizable by wearing a mask has been characteristic of the Venetian carnival. In class-conscious Venice, the celebration developed into a social satire, where descent played no role for a while. The makers of the masks, the mascherari, had their own guild.
The citizens of Venice were allowed to wear masks for almost three months of the year, from the feast of St. Stephen on Dec. 26, to the last day of Carnival.