This in my opinion is one of the most ugly of the masquerade masks that you can get your hands on, the association with disease and death that comes with plague masks just seems to make it reek of bad things in my mind.
The names for these types of masquerade masks are many, including (but not limited to) the following.
- Beak doctor
- Long nose mask
- Nose mask
- Italian doctor mask
- Plague mask
The name for those who used to wear the plague doctors mask in Italian is 'Dottore della peste' which roughly translated means 'doctor of the plague'. Scares the life out of me!
Quoting Wikipedia, here is a little more information on the plague doctor and what the plague doctor mask and outfit was for.
"A plague doctor would have worn a beak doctor costume in his role as a specialized doctor. He was known then as a "Beak Doctor". The protective suit consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed, a mask of glassed eye openings and a cone shaped like a beak to hold scented substances. Some of the scented materials were amber, balm-mint leaves, camphor, cloves, laudanum, myrrh, rose petals, and storax. A wooden cane pointer was used to help examine the patient without touching."*
Yuck! You can keep your plague mask!