El Dotor (The Doctor)

[image of a masquered doctor]Of Bolognese origins, the doctor represent the comical personage of a "Doctor" only by name – sometimes a medical doctor, sometimes a notary or a presumptuous lawyer.

Almost certainly this mask comes from Bologna University, which his very old roots and traditions.

It is a presumptuous mask, proud, a lover of rambling talk with long sermons containing out-of-place Latin quotations. When he starts to talk it’s almost impossible to interrupt him and when questioned, tries to blur over his so-called knowledge of Latin. One of the characteristics of the doctor is his obesity.

The costume consists of a white frock with a white collar. On his head he wears a lawyer’s hat or a large doctor’s hat. On his face he wears a black half-mask which highlights his fleshy warty nose.