We have a nice selection of masquerade masks in stock for New Years. We have a range of masks from plain to feathered to all rhinestones! We even have a phantom of the opera mask.
In the western world we have relegated masks to New Years Eve, Mardi Gras, and Halloween. But what is the origin of masks?
Some of the oldest masks in existence are 9,000 years old and were found in the Judean hills of Israel. Funny how some of the masks in this collection bear a striking resemblance to emojis. Really it is the other way around. Though emojis truly are masks that we use every day to convey meaning, and emotion to one another. 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂😯
Moving forward over 7,000 years to 27/29 B.C. We find the Janus mask comes in to Roman history. The Roman deity known as the gatekeeper, presiding over all arrivals and departures continues to endure in the modern world. The month of January is even named after him, as it is the doorway to the New Year!
You will also see the two faced Janus mask in theater. We often call it the comedy/tragedy mask, as it represents the two extreme emotions of the theatrical spectrum.
Locally, you may have seen the Janus mask represented loosely as Fantasy and Fantasy jr. @ a Fantasy Playhouse Production. They come in before the play begins to welcome you, and come out again to bid you farewell at the end. The older Fantasy is on their way out as they show the ropes to Fantasy Jr. on her way in. Here at Fig Leaf Costumes we worked (with a local artist Jaeme Case) to redesign the Janus mask as our logo. The result is a nod to 35 years of costume legacy at “The Enchanted Masquerade” costume shop as they closed their doors, while we were opening ours!
No matter what mask you choose to wear for the holiday just remember that masks have been around for thousands of years in nearly every culture of the world. We hope you find one that suits you well and serves you for years to come! If you need help finding one come into the shop and take a look. “We’ve got you covered!”