Venezia header - Riva degli Schiavoni

MASCHERA DA COLTRA
(Blanket Mask)

I found no explanation for this kind of mask, but seems just to obvious: it is simply a cover hiding body and face which makes the "Blanket Mask".

Coltre is one of the words used in Italian for "blanket", so this makes sense to me.

Easy to make disguise, maybe not totally practical, but believe me, February is usually a pretty cold month in Venice, a blanket may save the day sometimes ...

 

Engraving by Pietro Bertelli: "Maschera da Coltra" - 1642
Pietro Bertelli: "Maschera da Coltra" - engraving (1642)
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