Venezia header: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni

FACETIA PRUDENTE mask

(Cautious tease)

This is a curious mask that was going around Venice in Carnival time.

Meaning can be something like: "cautious tease". The logic: kids are a pain and are noisy, making them tired restores the adults quiet living

With this purpose the pulcinella masks would tease kids offering them the "confetti", very desirable Italian sweets, using a fishing pole.

Confetti were very hard to reach, of course, thus achieving the purpose of making the kids tired.

Watercolor by Giovanni Grevembroch: "Facetia Prudente"
Giovanni Grevembroch: "Facetia Prudente"
watercolor (18th century)

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