ITEM 33465

Tschäggättä Carnival Mask

19th / very early 20th century
Ex Collection Marc and Ruth Franklin

Wood, pigment
13″H x 7.5″W / 33 x 19 cm
Price: $7500

Thought to be extending from pagan rituals to the sun, the masquerade tradition was sanctified by the Church for Candlemas in early February. This gave unmarried young men and women a chance to meet and flirt. Likely from the remote Swiss valley of Lötschental. Inscribed “Rabensteiner”