Plague Doctor (Medico della Peste) Carnival mask

Attributed to the 17th-century French doctor, Charles de Lorme, he also prescribed a series of personal protective equipment that covered head to toe, including glasses over the beak filled with a concoction of over 55 ingredients (e.g., bat flesh powder, cinnamon, myrrh, aromatic herbs) to filter contaminated air. This mask was used all over Europe by those charged with the bubonic plague-afflicted. In Italy, it became an iconic popular Commedia dell’Arte mask, and particularly Venice, associated with Carnival. N.B. this mask will not protect you from COVID-19.

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