Masquerade: The masquerade style was seen as wearing something exotic and "escaping from reality." Because the mask covered the majority of the face, it was a temporary release from social restriction and signaled access to exclusive rarities. Some masks were as simple as the one we see here while others were elaborate and embroidered with beading, jewels, and intense designs.
Hand crafted Venetial-style carnival mask - antique white with a crackled finish; silver macrame detailing around the face; headpiece is dotted with sparkling crystals. Italian scene is painted on the headpiece in gorgeous muted tones; 20 inches high X 13 inches wide - $ 250