[Woman masked with Moretta]This is an oval mask of black velvet that was usually worn by women visiting convents.

It was invented in France and rapidly became popular in Venice as it brought out the beauty of feminine features.

The mask was finished off with a veil.

Men particularly appreciated this mask on account of a small detail.

The mask was held in position by biting a small button on the inside of the mask preventing its wearer from speaking!