TITLE: Scheller Mask
TYPE: face mask
GENERAL REGION: Europe
DESCRIPTION: Scheller Fasching mask
CATALOG ID: EUAT009
CEREMONY: Fasching (Carnival)
MAIN MATERIAL: wood
OTHER MATERIALS: paint
Fasching is the Tyrolean carnival. In many towns in Austria, southern Germany, Switzerland, and northern Italy, local folk don elaborate masks and costumes to parade through the town. Different towns have variations on the parade, such as the Schemenlaufen of Imst, the Schellerlaufen of Nassereith, and the Muller and Matschgerer of Innsbruck, Austria.
The characters include young and old personalities alike. This mask represents the Scheller, a mature man who wears heavy cowbells on his hips and rings them as he walks. The costumes feature ribbons, mirrors, and beads to symbolize vanity, materialism, and wickedness.
For more on traditional Tyrolean folk masks, see Claus Hansmann, Masken Schemen Larven: Volksmasken der Alpenländer (Munich: Verlag F. Bruckmann, 1959).