Zanni – Venetian Mask
Zanni – Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status.
For example, pantomime, which flourished in the 18th century, owes its genesis to the character types of the commedia, particularly Harlequin.
During the Napoleonic occupation of Italy, instigators of reform and critics of French Imperial rule (such as Giacomo Casanova) used the carnival masks to hide their identities while fueling political agendas, challenging social rule and hurling blatant insults and criticisms at the regime.
Venice, with its historic carnival, known internationally, has famous masks from the Commedia dell’arte: Pantalone, his daughter Rosaura and cunning maidservant Colombina ; Harlequin and Brighella, although coming from Bergamo, also Venetian citizenship, because according to tradition were working as servants in the capital of Veneto. The Bauta is the ancient face mask that guarantees anonymity to the participants at the carnival in Venice.
The fantasy and transform yourself into a liberated being with fewer inhibitions. Whether you dance sexier or sing louder while wearing one of original venetian masks, you are sure the new-found confidence from not appearing.
From eye masks, full face masks, long nose masks to numerous others, our masquerade selection celebrates the many masks that have continued to make the masquerade ball one of the most loved celebrations. Remove your restrictions and create your own mysterious love affair.
Recreate the essence of Venezia Carnival, conceal your identity at the masquerade ball, or bring a little mystery into the bedroom with our Italian made, hand decorated original Venetian Masks.
Every man lies, but give him a mask and he will be sincere. (Oscar Wilde)