A: Only the black mask is shown, not the brown one. I try to limit the blog to just one mask.
Carnivals in the island of Sardinia are a bit different from those in other parts of Italy and the rest of Europe. Masks, freaky disguises, dances and songs characterize these celebrations. Villages in the island all favor black and white as the colors of Carnival remembering the ancient origins of mysterious rituals. Grotesque farce, satirical theater, paradox plays are the features of this event that you have to live in person. People who take part in the Sardinian Carnival get involved in every celebration and actors and spectators are mixed up together.
Sardegna is in the southern part of the island of Sardinia. The people in this little area carve wooden masks that are simpler than those of the people around them. The colors are usually limited to white, natural brown and black like this one. On this particular mask there is a burned-in mark of the maker on the rear. You can also see the well made straps that insure comfort though out the celebration. They are worn by dancers in the carnival parade and sold to tourists. Sardinia is a popular tourist destination. I think you can visit the island almost any time of year and find a carnival somewhere. B+
If one of our viewers has a much different mask from another part of Sardinia I hope you will send it in. This website is about sharing photos and info on masks all over the world. Sardinia has a rich history in masquerade and we want to learn more.