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Another Elizabethan scholar, Randle Holme, wrote: "A mask . . . This is a thing that in former times Gentlewomen used to put over their Faces when they travel to keep them from Sun burning....Visard Mask, which covers the whole face, having holes for the eyes, a case for the nose, and a slit for the mouth, and to speak through; this kind of Mask is taken off and put in a moment of time, being only held in the Teeth by means of a round bead fastned on the inside over against the mouth."…

Another Elizabethan scholar, Randle Holme, wrote: "A mask . . . This is a thing that in former times Gentlewomen used to put over their Faces when they travel to keep them from Sun burning....Visard Mask, which covers the whole face, having holes for the eyes, a case for the nose, and a slit for the mouth, and to speak through; this kind of Mask is taken off and put in a moment of time, being only held in the Teeth by means of a round bead fastned on the inside over against the mouth."…

Costume design for a Dog Monster in the Ballet Délivrance de Renaud French Court Ballet 1621. Postcard

Costume design for a Dog Monster in the Ballet Délivrance de Renaud French Court Ballet 1621. Postcard

Lady dressed as Flora by Isaac Oliver, early 17th century.

Lady dressed as Flora by Isaac Oliver, early 17th century.

Post-Apocalyptic Costumes | Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Plague Mask, 2010 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Post-Apocalyptic Costumes | Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Plague Mask, 2010 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Old Russian Family Photo in Costumes

Old Russian Family Photo in Costumes

Breviario di Renaud e Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305. (Verdun, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 107, fol. 99v)

Bizarre and vulgar illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts

Breviario di Renaud e Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305. (Verdun, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 107, fol. 99v)

1583 English: "The inside is strengthened by a pressed-paper inner lining with 3 layers stitched together by a black cotton thread. On the silk lining, just below the centre of the mouth, is a loose thread of white cotton which would have held a black glass bead (found in association with the mask). With a lack of holes to allow string or elastic to be put around the head, the mask would have instead been held in place by the wearer holding the black bead in her mouth."

1583 English: "The inside is strengthened by a pressed-paper inner lining with 3 layers stitched together by a black cotton thread. On the silk lining, just below the centre of the mouth, is a loose thread of white cotton which would have held a black glass bead (found in association with the mask). With a lack of holes to allow string or elastic to be put around the head, the mask would have instead been held in place by the wearer holding the black bead in her mouth."

Elizabethan Vizard Mask

Elizabethan Vizard Mask

23-11-11 Swiss carnival masks in Museum Rietberg, Zurich

23-11-11 Swiss carnival masks in Museum Rietberg, Zurich

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