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Commedia dell'Arte Masks

Each leather Commedia dell'Arte mask is made by hand. As each piece of leather is different, each mask will have its own individual character and will have slight differences. Each mask is signed and numbered.

My leather techniques were developed on my own independently. My road included R&D, trying different things then later exchanging tricks and techniques with some of the finest leather artists and craftsperson's around the world at the international leather arts and craft conferences. Over 42 years of experience, Mask Makers from different parts of the world stop by my studio in NYC to say hello. We exchange knowledge and friendship.

Many Commedia dell'Arte leather masks that you may see have a large seam. Either single or double seam going down, under the nose or from the tip of the nose through the lip. My masks for the most part have no seams like this. Masks take longer to make this way; the leather quality must be high to get the leather to stretch as far as I do and feel it results in a high quality mask.

Oh, I do put a soul into each mask. Thank you to the writer of the old Drama Review article of how some mask makers in Asia put a soul in some of their masks. When I create a leather mask for you I ask for a photo of you so I know who I am making the mask for and think about you as I am creating it.

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Arlecchino Arlecchinette Pantalone Brighella Scaramouche Female Servant Female Pulcinella Capitano Dottore Pulcinella Zanni

 

 

 

Value Quantity
Leather Masks

Finished Leather masks
with adjustable elastic
with or without hair
your choice

5 different masks: $1,500
10 different masks: $2,935
21 different masks: $5,800

* You have shading and color options for your mask.
* All leather Commedia dell'Arte masks come with adjustable elastic.
* Eyebrow hair on your mask is optional and will go over your hair choices.
* Three above options no charge; except rare color finishing choices.

 

 

Arlecchino #2
or Harlequin, Arlequin, Harlekin, Truffaldino,Bergamesque,Tortellino

$256

from the 1500s, lowest servant of lower Bergamo, furthest city in the Venetian Republic from Venice. The early Arlecchino, so stupid is genius, an innocent child that never grew up, close to the earth, patched clothing, rhythmic, agile, acrobatic, hungry, lazy, always playing, will do anything.

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  Arlecchino #2 Harlequin #2 Arlequin #2
There are many types of Arlecchino masks, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi likes the round eye Arlecchino because of it's innocence. This mask both fits both males and females equally well.

Arlecchino #1
or Harlequin, Arlequin, Harlekin,Truffaldino, Bergamesque,Tortellino

$300

from the 1600s, some cat like characteristics; patched colorful clothing could be the clean diamond pattern. Lowest servant from lower Bergamo, stupid, sharp wit, mischievously clever, gracefully clumsy and cunning. Alrecchino's could never afford a sword, they used a stick, which became the slapstick.
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Arlecchino #1Harlekin #1Truffaldino #1
This is a different type of Arlecchino. Arlecchino changed over the period from the early 1500's to the late 1600's. This mask will fit both males and females, but fits males better.

Arlecchino #3
or Harlequin, Arlequin, Harlekin,Truffaldino,
Bergamesque, Tortellino

$256

from Lower Bergamo, lowest servant, 1600s. Has a little dog cat and pig, most have at least one of these animal characteristics. All are rhythmic, agile, hungry, stupid, clever, acrobatic and lazy; #3 can be a little more credulous, cunning, ingenious and base. They could play a string instrument.

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Arlecchino #3Bergamesque #3Tortellino mask #3
This Arlecchino mask fits males and females.

Female Arlecchino
or Arlecchinette, Columbina

$190

can have any characteristics of Arlecchino #1, #2 or #3; a coquette, quick wit, like most women of the Commedia dell'Arte, wiser than the men. Knows how to dance, play a tambourine and string instruments, sings, in her special Arlecchinette ways.

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Female ArlecchinoColumbinaArlecchinette
This is a Female Arlecchino or Arlecchinette. It has also been used as Columbina. This mask fits females and is not recommended for males.

 

Pantalone #1

$279

first old man, pure Venetian, merchant, rich or bankrupt, a noble can be councilor to the Doge or King. Is stingy, greedy, arrogant, penny pinching, suspicious, always thinks of himself first, gruff, can be angry, foolish. Considers himself a young lover.

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  Pantalone #1Pantaleon #1old man #1

There are many types of Pantalone masks. This mask will fit females and males very well.


Pantalone #2

$300

continue: First love is money. Often made a fool of. If someone comes to collect a debt, can instantly become hard of hearing or sick. Lecherous going after young servants and lovers. Can be gentle, musical and poetic; especially about money first, young women second. Can play string and wind instruments.

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rigfht, front, left image of Pantalone, old man mask with long white eyebrows.
This Pantalone mask was made with the guidance of Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. Fits males a little better than females.

Pantalone #3

$450

continue: First love is money. Often made a fool of. If someone comes to collect a debt, can instantly become hard of hearing or sick. Lecherous going after young servants and lovers. Can be gentle, musical and poetic; especially about money first, young women second. Can play string and wind instruments.

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Pantalone #3 Pantalone #3
This Pantalone mask fits males better but can be adjusted so it fits females. Let me know when you order how you would like it.

Pantalone #4

$425

continues:Pantalone can combine greed, lust and cruelty together. In the scenario Il Cavadente The Tooth's Puller; young lover Isabella, a wealthy widow, is in love with Pantalone's son. His son in love with Isabella as is Pantalone. To get his son out of the way so he can marry Isabella, he decides to send his son far away to study.

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Pantalone #4Old man of the Commedia Mask #4Pantalone  leather masque #4

Pantalone - will fit males a little better than females but can be made to fit females.


 

Laura, Pasquella, Ruffiana
the old woman of the Commedia dell'Arte
New Design

$327

The elderly or old woman of Commedia dell'Arte. She can be; Pantalone's wife, the wise woman knowing secret formulas, leering old hag*1, sometime referred to as a witch. She often is giving sound advice helping young female lovers*2.

*1 The Italian Popular Comedy M.K Lea, page 14: *2The Italian Comedy Duchartre, Page285

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Old woman of the Commeida dell'Arte, light brown mask, white eyebrows, large nose somewhat hooked, sagging  face, with wisdom in it.
Laura, Pasquella, Ruffiana - will fit both male and females, females a little better. Is an excellent mask for singing in.

Brighella #1
or his relatives Scaramouche, Scapino, Buffet, Beltrame, Flautino, Fenocchio, Truccagnino,Turlupin

$327

from Upper Bergamo, where they are crafty, quick on the uptake, smart, clever, can be cutthroat and care free. Is musical, plays string and wind instruments, sings, may recites poetry. Brighella's name means trouble, intrigue or wrangle, deceive, shuffle, confuse. Usually runs the scenario.

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Brighella #1Buffet mask#1Beltrame all types of Brighella #1
This Brighella was made with the guidance of Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. Carlo considered his character Breghella. Fits Males better than females.

Brighella #2
or his relatives Scaramouche, Scapino, Buffet, Beltrame, Flautino, Fenocchio, Truccagnino,Turlupin

$300

continue: Whatever he wants, he takes. Is able to talk anyone in or out of anything; can take revenge. Has no problem tricking or cheating someone. Spends money easily. Always helps the lovers. Watches everything and knows all that goes on; so he can use it.

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Flautino mask #2Fenocchio or Brighella's  brother#2Truccagnino another relative of Brighella #2
This Brighella fits males and females well.

Brighella #3
or his relatives Scaramouche, Scapino, Buffet, Beltrame, Flautino, Fenocchio, Truccagnino,Turlupin

$190

continue:Scaramouche from the 1600's; combination of Brighella and Capitano when soldier of fortune were disappearing. Scaramouche has attributes of both. The bragging boasting comes from Capitano. Will say or do anything to get what he wants or out of a situation.

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ScaramoucheTurlupin another Brighella relativeScapino
Brighella or Scaramouche. This was one of my first masks and is many peoples favorite in leather. This fits males and females well. Excellent for singing in because of the nose is not blocked by anything.

Female Servant
also used as
Female Brighella

$190

rhythmic, sharp witted, gaiety, well grounded, smart and gossipy servant. Sees all that is going on. Helps the lovers, a coquette with other servants; can be bold, hot tempered and stern. Her most likely instrument is a tambourine.

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side view of Female BrighellaFemale Brighella
This was designed as a Female Commedia dell'Arte Servant character. It is also excellent for singing as the nostrils of the nose are free. Originally designed for the New York Baroque Dance Company

Female Character
also used as
Female Pulcinella

$215

has the energy of Pulcinella, she can do anything. A little crazy, very rhythmic, sings, dances, flirtatious, care free, strong willed, plays with situations, quick sharp mind, a ferocious temper, gentle, lovely and usually gets what she wants. Her main instrument is a tambourine.

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Female PulcinellaFemale CharacterPulcinella

This was designed as a Female Commedia dell'Arte Character. It is good for singing. Originally designed for the New York Baroque Dance Company. You can order it with or without hair.


Capitano #1

$500

bold, bragging, boastful, arrogant, strong, the greatest lover, foreigner, solder of fortune. Can talk endlessly about their amazing deeds and brave heroic acts performed - all fantasies. Fearful of almost anything including their own sword. Sometimes plays a lover, especially in the southern Commedia dell'Arte.

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Capitano #1Capitano Spavento della Valle Inferna  #1Capitano Rinoceronte #1
This Capitano mask was made with the guidance of Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. Carlo's thumb adjusted the end of Capitano's nose while I was sculpting him. This mask fits males better than females.

Capitano #2

$400

continue: Some say Capitano is always from Spain. One scenario from the book The Commedia dell'Arte from Naples, has four Capitano's. Each doing their boast swagger entrance, a Tuscan Capitano, a Neapolitan Capitano, a Spanish Capitano and Sicilian Capitano.*1 Each playing on their regions mannerisms and culture. Capitano can be from anywhere.

*1 The Commedia dell'Arte in Naples, page 71

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Capitano #2Cap. Matamoros #2Cap. Sangue Y Fuego #2
This Capitano #2 mask, I do not consider him as smart as Capitano #1. This mask fits both males and females.

Dottore #1

$235

from Bologna, site of the first university. One theory is the Dottore character was started by students making fun of their professors at the University of Bologna. Dottore can be a medical Doctor, Lawyer or Professor. Plays the second old man in the Northern Commedia dell'Arte, in the Southern Commedia dell'Ate usually plays first old man.

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  Dottore #1Dottore Graziano #1Dottore Prudentio side view #1
Dottore mask, this is great for males and females.

Dottore #2

$235

from Bologna, site of the first university. One theory is the Dottore character was started by students making fun of their professors at the University of Bologna. Dottore can be a medical Doctor, Lawyer or Professor. Plays the second old man in the Northern Commedia dell'Arte, in the Southern Commedia dell'Ate usually plays first old man.

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Dottore #2Dottore Hippocrasso #2Dottore Balanzon side view #2
Dottore mask, this is great for males and females.

Dottore #3 new design

$235

continue: Overly well read, has knowledge of everything, talks endlessly, expert on anything, impossible to shut-up, ends-up mixing up all the facts and no one know what he is talking about; but he sounds very impressive. When not talking, consuming food is his second love.

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Dottore mask, forehead and nose, black with white horse hair

Dottore mask, this is great for males and females. Some people that wear eyeglasses can wear this mask.


Pulcinella #2

$395

plays many different rolls in scenario's; i.e., servant, solder, old man, lover, doctor, lawyer, retired general, dentist, peasant, pirate or others. Pirates and slaves are in the southern Commedia dell'Arte, few if any in the Northern Scala scenario's. Pulcinella can play any roll, do anything, nothing is off the table.

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Pulcinella #2Purricinella #2Pulcinella #2

Pulcinella or Dottore I originally designed this mask for the New York Big Apple Circus. This mask fits males better than females.

Zanni - Long Nose
Almost all servent masks of Commedia dell'Arte are Zanni masks

$345

All Zanni's are from Bergamo. Zanni's from lower Bergamo are stupid, Zanni's from upper Bergamo are smart and crafty. Alecchino is a Zanni from lower, Brighella is Zanni from upper Bergamo. Zanni's can be stupid, genius, mischievously clever, graceful, clumsy, cunning, lazy, poetic, acrobatic, musical, they dance, all are very rhythmic and unique. Zanni instruments would be a tambourine, wind and/or string instruments.

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  Zanni leather long nose mask with hairy eyebrowsZanni long nose leather mask with hairy eyebrowsZanni long nose leather mask with hairy eyebrows
Zanni - Long Nose fits males and females, excellent for singing, as there is no blockage of the mouth or nose. Zanni is a general servant character of the Commedia dell'Arte. For teachers I would get the other servant and major character masks before the long nose Zanni mask.

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