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.
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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