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Dottore Dipinto
Italian Masquerade Dottore Dipinto Venetian Mask

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Each: $188.00

Product Code: CM404

The Venetian classic plague doctor with a gorgeous hand-painted doctor's image and his story in Italian. Measures approximately 11 x 16 inches

Physicians that saw those with the Bubonic Plague during the Venetian Renaissance, often known as Plague Doctors, wore a bird-like mask for protection and to depict the symbol of the Plague, the raven.
The large "beak"  had a good functional reason. In the past, before germs and bacteria were discovered, it was thought that diseases were carried through a bad air that emanated from the diseased. The  Plague was very contagious, so the beak served as an extra protection from it. The beak was filled with scented materials, such as amber, balm-mint leaves and rose petals.