Here's a glamorous masquerade mask from the days long before you could simply grab a costume at Party City. Certainly one of a kind, most likely made by a lady for her own use, it's gracefully shaped with exotic cat's eye openings and sunray forms above. The front is encrusted with shimmering black sequins, all intact, and the reverse is covered with a soft mesh fabric for comfort.
Quite large, the mask measures about 9 inches wide and almost 8 inches tall (extending from the bridge of the nose to well above the forehead). When you aren't wearing it, this would be a splendid wall decoration, framed or not. For tying on or hanging up, there's a fine double cord that feels like silk embroidery thread, but you might want to replace that with lengths of black ribbon or lace.
This would be gorgeous with a black-sequinned Art Deco flapper dress, but may be as early as Edwardian or Victorian and would be beautiful with clothing from those eras, too. Certainly it's very old, not at all like modern rigid masks. Condition is lovely; the only flaws are on the back and they're minor. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.
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