Venetian Carnival Mask 02

Venetian Carnival Mask from Venice

In contrast to the previous carnival mask, this one is much grander.

Apparently the mask making industry in Venice was so important, it had its own guild. The status of the mask makers was so great that they apparently had their own laws.

When Venice was handed over to Austria by Napoleon in 1797, the carnivals were banned and the tradition ended for 200 years, only resuming in the 1980’s when a mask shop opened in the city.

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