Plague Doctor Mask - (Dottore della Peste)
A wonderful handcrafted representation of the Plague Doctor mask. This mask is handcrafted in Venice, Italy from paper mache and hand painted in an aged white color almost a cream bone color. A great selection for a plague doctor costume or as an addition to a collection.
The plague doctor mask dates back to the 1500s and can actually be found in several countries. It was used by doctors to filter the germ laden air during periods of the black plague. For further protection the mask originally had glass over the eye holes and was wax sealed to a canvass robe. Air could only pass through two slits in the beak which was filled by aromatic herbs pressed inside acting as a filter and a neutralizer for the stench of death in the air.
A true Venetian design, the masks traditional lines and craftsmanship make it a perfect piece to wear at your next Masquerade Ball, Mardi Gras event or Venetian Carnivale.
This Venetian mask also makes a great wall piece and has an internal loop for easy wall hanging.
The mask comes complete with a certificate of authenticity that also details the history of the plague doctor
The mask's dimensions are approximately 6 ½ wide, 8 ½ high, 14½ long and 3 ½ deep.
All masks are handmade and painted in Venice, Italy. No two masks are ever identical. Colors and patterns may vary slightly on each mask.
Be sure to check out our Venetian Garb section on the website for the Plague Doctor Hat and Cape Selections.
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