visard masks

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Visard (or Vizard) masks were worn by women in the 16th century. Made of black velvet, and held against the face by grasping a bead attached to it between the teeth, visard masks were intended to prevent ladies from becoming tanned or sunburned while travelling.

The second photograph is of a visard mask that was found in the wall cavity of a period house in Daventry, England.