TITLE: Fasnet Witch
TYPE: face mask
GENERAL REGION: Europe
DESCRIPTION: Hexe (witch) mask
CATALOG ID: EUAT008
CEREMONY: Fasnet (Carnival)
MAIN MATERIAL: Swiss stone pine wood
OTHER MATERIALS: oil-based paint
Carnival (Fasnet) is celebrated throughout the Tyrol (southern Germany, western Austria, Switzerland and northern Italy) with masked parades and merry making. Among the popular characters are animals, clowns, drunkards, and witches. Witch masks could also be used during Krampuslauf or Perchtenlauf, the traditional mid-winter parade of demons accompanying Saint Nicholaus. This mask was made by a master carver with a traditional Tyrolean conception of a witch.
Regrettably, the best text on Tyrolean Carnival is still available in German only: Heinz Wintermantel’s Hoorig, hoorig isch die Katz (Würzburg: Konrad Theiss, 1978).