|Dimensions||20 x 13 x 5 cm|
Venetian (Venice) style Bauta full-face home decoration mask with ornate design, featuring bright colours such as gold or red and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. Hand made and painted plaster mask.
Many designs of Venetian masks stem from Commedia dell’arte. Near the end of the Republic, the wearing of masks in daily life was severely restricted. By the 18th century, it was limited only to about three months from December 26. The masks were traditionally worn with decorative beads matching in color.
Bauta (sometimes referred as baùtta) is a mask which covers the whole face, this was a traditional piece of art.
In 18th century, the Bauta had become a standardized society mask and disguise regulated by the Venetian government.[ It was obligatory to wear it at certain political decision-making events when all citizens were required to act anonymously as peers. Only citizens had the right to use the Bauta. Its role was similar to the anonymizing processes invented to guarantee general, direct, free, equal and secret ballots in modern democracies.
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