TITLE: Bauta Carnival Mask
GENERAL REGION: Europe
MAKER: Graziano “Safir” Viale (Lonigo [Vicenza], 1959- )
MAIN MATERIAL: leather
OTHER MATERIALS: paint; hardware
The bauta (“face”) is a classic Venetian carnival mask that covers the top part of the face to allow anonymity without interfering with the masquerader’s ability to speak, drink, or eat. This is one of the oldest masks used in Venice for Carnival and masquerade balls, and was typically worn with a flowing black costume and a large three-corner hat.