Zanni Venetian Paper Mache Mask
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Paper Mache. Plain White. Ready to paint and design yourself.|
7" x 4 1/2".
Nose 7" Long.
The Zanni family of Venetian costume masks originated in Venice during
the 15th century in the Italian comedy - "The Commedia Dell' Arte." The
word derives from the Venetian, Giovanni (John). Zanni is
sometimes known as Zan, Zane, Zany, or Zani, and is where the English
term 'zany' originates. Zanni refers to a clown, simpleton, buffoon or a silly
fool kind of character.
The realm of the Zanni family of Venetian costume masks always stem from
the lower class, peasant, migrant worker or someone who was a servant, slave,
valets or odd job person. Zanni references the class of mask, as well as an
After being conquered by the Venetians in 1428, the Bergamo peasants were
forced off their farms and made to find work in the towns of northern Italy.
Giovanni was a common name for the men in the area, most of whom migrated
to towns that had jobs for servants, porters, and gofers. These peasants were
known for their agility, sturdiness, crudeness and fantastic (affected) speech,
which became mimicked by the Zanni in the Commedia Dell' Arte.
Originally, the Venetian Zanni costume mask was a full-face mask but later
developed into a half-mask. The nose of the Zanni mask is very important.
The nose depicts how simple or stupid the character is. The longer the nose the
simpler the person wearing the mask.
The Zanni mask should not be confused with the Plague mask, which also features
a long pointed nose.
PLEASE NOTE: Each Mask may vary & have slight imperfections.