Half face mask

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the nose have it

Al­most ev­ery com­me­dia char­ac­ter wore a dif­fer­ent mask. Though orig­i­nally a full black mask made of wood or leather, the bot­tom would soon be re­moved as Zanni’s role as the comedic jester moved from phys­i­cal mime to also in­clude jokes. While Zanni could be cun­ning and mis­chievous, the role was most widely known for play­ing the fool. A good in­di­ca­tor was the length of the mask’s nose — the longer the ap­pendage, the more dopey the per­for­mance. Zanni would of­ten also wear a false beard.

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