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Venetian Clay Figurine - Dr. Balanzone StandingA performer of the Commedia dell Arte in Italy, Dr. Balanzone was a popular character.
In the terrible plague of 1630, it was written that doctors put on a peculiar costume. The black full cape was made of a waxed canvas so that infectious vapouri could not pass through. He wore a large brimmed encompassing hat and white gloves. Further protection came in the mask with its eyeglasses and its huge beak stuffed with disinfectant herbs. This, then, is not a carnival costume but rather a symbol of the fatal epidemic in Venice. He is handmade and stands approximately 9" tall and is signed by the artist. A unique gift for a doctor and a collector.
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