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Pulcinella Mask
22-DEC-2009 Walter O. Koenig

Pulcinella Mask

Pulcinella is a classical character that originated in the Commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry.
His main characteristic, from which he acquired his name, is his extremely long nose, which resembles a beak.
In Latin, this was a pullus gallinaceus, which led to the word "Pulliciniello" and "Pulcinella," related to the Italian pulcino or chick.
Many regional variants of Pulcinella were developed as the character diffused across Europe. In Germany, Pulcinella came to be known as Kasper.
In the Netherlands he is known as Jan Klaassen. In Denmark he is Mester Jakel. in Russia he is known as Petrushka;
in Romania, he is Vasilache; in Hungary he is Vitéz László, and in France Polichinelle, while in England, he inspired the character of Mister Punch of Punch and Judy.
Source: Wikipedia

This particular mask was hand made in Venice.
This is the first photo taken using my home made light box. I looked at some "light tents" in the photo store and they were asking over $100 for a large one.
Mine cost about $2, and is made of a cardboard box, a sheet of poster board, four sheets of translucent paper and tape.
It took 1/2 hour to "build" (with generous help of Mrs. Amoxtli) and the lighting is from two desk lamps.

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Maaike Huizer28-Dec-2009 13:55
Superb exposure and composition
wernere0126-Dec-2009 14:12
That´s a great capture of a spooky mask. Not sure what the effect of your light box is. I think to realize that, a shot of the same object without light box would help. v
Hubert Steed24-Dec-2009 23:25
Well done! V
LynnH24-Dec-2009 12:50
Nice work!!! Great turnout! V
Barbara Heide24-Dec-2009 12:46
perfect light and very interesting entry! Frohe Festtage!
carol j. phipps24-Dec-2009 03:12
Wow! Fantastic mask from the Commedia Del Arte!
Cindi Smith24-Dec-2009 00:07
I love it! You must wear it! Love the story and the shot!
Kathryn23-Dec-2009 23:48
Good shot, interesting story too.
Marielou Dhumez23-Dec-2009 21:58
Precious object, perfectly presented and fitting so well to the challenge !
Doug Cruden23-Dec-2009 21:47
Hehehe...great creativity from the Family Amoxtli! Fab photo Walter, your light box looks like it's going to produce some interesting shots in the future!
Bernard Davis23-Dec-2009 20:17
Excellent piece of work. Both before the picture and the picture as well.
lisamidi23-Dec-2009 18:47
Very cool, Walter! Lovely and precious looking mask. V
P.S. Could I have the recipe for the light box, please?
Stephanie23-Dec-2009 17:17
So cool Walter! Wonderful lighting! V.
Phillip Normanton23-Dec-2009 16:24
a DIY light-tent, that's the way!! It works perfectly too - and I even like the mask :o))
Astrid Taen23-Dec-2009 16:10
Beautiful mask that is nicely presented.
globalgadabout23-Dec-2009 16:04
excellent shot of this beautiful and intriguing mask...V
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