Posts Tagged ‘Plague Doctor Mask’

Beak Doctor Mask

Beak Doctor Mask

Beak Doctor Mask

Beak Doctor Mask

Mask Wearing in Venice

There was a time in the history of Venice when Venetians wore masks almost all year round, and not just for special occasions. They were a part of everyday life and became really popular when they started appearing at the Carnival of Venice in 1268. They were so popular with people from all walks of life because they allowed the wearer to hide their identity and to mingle with people from other classes of society without being known or found out.

The mask-makers, called mascherari, held a Read the rest of this entry »

Bauta Mask

Bauta Mask

Bauta Mask

Bauta Mask

The mask we commonly call the Bauta mask is actually really called a larva mask. The word Bauta was used when describing the complete bauta disguise.This disguise consisted of the Larva mask, tricorn hat, Xendal (lace cravat), and the Tabarro (a woollen mantel).

The name Larva means ghost mask, it was originally always in plain white or black and was crafted from leather or paper mache. It was a mask worn by both men and women alike and worn often by lovers so they could meet in public without fear of recognition.

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Plague Doctor Mask

Plague Doctor Mask

Plague Doctor Mask

Plague Doctor Mask

With the pneumonic plague causing quarantine in China (as of this writing 8/09) it causes everyone to do research and think about emergency preparedness again.

Although there is no reason to panic – yet – there IS reason to think about preparing ourselves.

Because the pneumonic disease is spread through the air, there are some simple ways to protect yourself and the CDC (Center of Disease Control) has advice on that.

Doctor Mask

Doctor Mask

Doctor Mask

Doctor Mask

The Plague Doctor

After 1350 the culture in Europe had drastically changed to one of bleak morbidity. Art represented this pessimism with representations of death. This darkness was brought about by the prevalence of the black Plague. Nobody knew how to contain or prevent the onslaught of the Black Death and many of the supposed preventions/cures caused more problems. When people believed that cats were in league with the devil, this led to cats being killed en masse. If this prejudice had not existed the rodent population would have been kept down by the cats, lessening Read the rest of this entry »