Medico Della Peste (The Plague Doctor) Venetian Paper Mache Mask
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Shipping Weight: 2.00 pounds
Paper Mache. Plain White. Ready to paint and design yourself.|
7 1/2" x 7 1/2".
Beak 7" Long.
The Medico Della Peste with its long beak is one of the most bizarre and
recognisable of the Venetian masks. The striking design has a macabre
history originating from 16th century French physician Charles de Lorme
who adopted the mask together with other peculiar sanitary precautions
while treating plague victims. Traditionally the full face mask is white
consisting of a hollow beak and round eye holes covered with crystal discs
creating a bespectacled effect.
Today, the masks are often more decorative. The doctors who followed
de Lorme's example wore the usual black hat and long black cloak as well
as the mask, white gloves and a stick (to move patients without having to
come into physical contact). They hoped these precautions would prevent
them contracting the disease. Those who wear the 'plague doctor' mask
often wear the associated clothing of the beak doctor costume.
The popularity of the Medico della Peste among carnivale celebrants can
be seen as a memento mori.
PLEASE NOTE: Each Mask may vary & have slight imperfections.