Terry Foreman • Link
A Baroque mask, also called a visard (also spelled vizard), was an oval of black velvet, first worn by traveling women in the 16th century to protect their skin from sunburn. It was not held to the head by a fastening, but rather the wearer would clasp a bead attached to the interior of the mask between their teeth. The fashion of the period for wealthy women was to keep their skin pale, because a tan suggested that the bearer worked outside and was hence poor.
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