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Plague Doctor Masks

The design of the Plague Doctor mask and costumes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme. Plague Doctor mask was the invention of a cautious french doctor who decided to adopt some sanitary precautions before visiting his infected patients. He stuffed the long beak like nose with garlic, spices and perfumes, and even cotton tissue saturated wit...

The design of the Plague Doctor mask and costumes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme. Plague Doctor mask was the invention of a cautious french doctor who decided to adopt some sanitary precautions before visiting his infected patients. He stuffed the long beak like nose with garlic, spices and perfumes, and even cotton tissue saturated with vinegar. Crystal eyes were even glued to the Plague Doctor mask. The full costume comprises of a long black linen dress covered with an oilcloth, a large brimmed hat, a stick and a pair of gloves to further protect the doctor (the latter two saving him from having to touch the infected patient in question). This costume was adopted again by doctors in 1630 when Venice was struck down by the Bubonic Plague.  Venice was especially vulnerable to imported disease given her status as a centre for trade and sea commerce. Interestingly the word quarantine stems from the 17th century Venetian word quaranta, meaning forty, which was the number of days ships had to be isolated before her passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic.

VenetianWebShop promote and sell traditional paper mache Plague Doctor masks, furthermore in VWS Plague Doctor masks collection you can find mask decorated with elegants pencil drawings of one of the most traditional and interesting venetian masks: The Plague Doctor mask.

*Every mask is a unique handcraft production. You are buying the same model mask with same decoration details and making technique process of the picture, but not exactly the same mask of the photo. Little differences are evidence of authentic craftsmanship work.

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