Papier Mâché Mask Colombina
Article Number 76124
Width 18.5 cm. Weight 50 g.
Pure veiling. The mask in itself.
This is the original model of the conventional form of veiling, which means disguising one's identity with another identity. This mask, made of hand-colored and plaster reinforced papier maché, does not deceive something, which does not exist, but simply covers what does exist. Therefore, it is not a cover, but leaves plenty of room for imagination and gives its female wearer the possibility to be the mysterious stranger and to provoke a lot of puzzling and queries. Here too: it is a question of understatement. Origin: Venice.
In the Venetian carnival this mask traditionally has been used for concealing one's own identity. Since the 14th century this is illustrated by the documented and regularly re-occurring (and always unsuccessful) attempts to forbid the masquerade, which was particularly enjoyed by the common people and was said to encourage crime and fornication. Last but not least, to stop this century old squabbling, we would like to finally authorize wearing some kind of disguising mask and to recommend one of the most popular characters of the Venetian carnival for your change of identity: the (female) Colombina – who is a protagonist of the Commedia dell’Arte, representative of the common people, and also valued for her cleverness and wit.
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