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Plague Masks worn by medieval plague doctors the "beak" like extension in the mask was filled with scented items: " Some of the scented materials wereambergris, balm-mint leaves, camphor,cloves, laudanum, myrrh, rose petals,storax. This was thought to protect the doctor from miasmatic bad air" http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor
Plague doctor masks. Creepy on so many levels...>>> The beaks were made to hold herbs that would protect the doctors from inhaling the foul air around each patient.
Masks worn by doctors during the Plague. The protective suit of the plague doctor consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed, a mask with glass eye openings and a cone nose shaped like a beak to hold scented substances and straw. I love how dark this is though
Creepy and intersteing! Plague doctors - They were second rate, under-trained physicians. Many were not doctors at all, but people of other employments paid by towns. Plague doctor images that we are familiar with was not seen until the 1600s when the "traditional" plague doctor costume was created: heavy fabric cloak covered in wax to protect the doctor’s body & a mask to keep out the sick air. Masks had a long cone shape at the nose filled with scents to protect the doctor from bad air.
I remember learning about this in my history class's plague art unit: Plague Masks -doctors used to wear these thinking that they protected them from contracting the disease.
post-apocalyptic plague doctor mask
This is actually a mask the Doctors wore so as not to contract fatal diseases back in Victorian era
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Doctor's wore these when dealing with patients during the Black Plague. They stuffed the beaks with flowers.
GERMANY. Authentic plague doctor mask, presumably 14th century. // The "beak" would be stuffed with herbs to protect the doctor from the miasma that carried the plague.
Good Plague Doctor pictures are becoming more scarce, though I'm still managing to find a few, like this one. Reminiscent to the ravens who were said to be their animal form.
the black plague masks
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Victorian Plague mask. The "beak" would be filled with herbs, etc which were thought to protect a person.