This handmade CAST BRONZE/COPPER alloy BLACK DEATH DR. BEAK MASK/SKULL is a 9.5-inch long folk art interpretation of the 'beak' mask worn by the doctors in the 14th century.
So what's with the beak you ask?!? Well, the Bubonic Plague (Black Death), killed at least 75 million people on three continents. Described as the most lethal epidemic in history, the plague began in China in the 1330s and made its way through Europe from 1346 to 1353. In those times, physicians didn't know what was causing the disease to spread, but they did know it was highly contagious. To provide medical care and to protect themselves, doctors of the time invented the medieval version of a hazmat suit - Ergo the beard beak - common belief at the time was that the plague was being spread by birds (we now know that rats and fleas were responsible for spreading the Black Death). The doctors may have thought that dressing up in a bird-like gas mask, the plague would be transferred from the patient to the garment???
Fun fact: These beaks were then filled with vinegar, sweet oils, and other strong-smelling chemicals to mask the stench of death and unburied bodies.
Bottom line - It's unique, it's cool, it's got a great patina and it's a must for any man-cave, bar, garage, game room, lady den - or just as a cool conversation piece in your home or office.