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Leather Masks:
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
   Toys for the Face by Ryl Mandus  
                            Merchant of Venice

                    international ballet theatre, labyrinth of jareth,
                    venetian, venetian masks, venetian-style masks,
                    mask, maskmaker, leather, costume, fantasy,
                    costuming, masque, masquer, masquerade, halloween,
                    mardi gras, carnevale, carnival, fasching,
                    faschnacht, beltaine, samhain, LARP, leather masks,
                    feathers, beads, birds, cats, lions, faeries,
                    fairies, elves, angels, vampires, goth, gothic,
                    venice, venetian, maschere

the leather masks of
Ryl Mandus

 a boutique of fine 
disguise and illusion

My Pledge

magical creatures,
extraordinary mortals

Mask Galleries

Unique Masks

Fantasy Masks

Bird Masks

Gothic Masks

Belles Dames Masks

Gala Masks

The Rack


Ordering Info


For the
& Feeding
Your New Mask

About the Artist


Legal Info




Unless otherwise stated,
all works --
visual artwork,
masks, costume designs
and text --
represented throughout
this website are the
copyrighted © creations
Ryl Mandus.

"There's such a fooled heart, beating so fast in search of new dreams, . . . . "  ~  David Bowie

~  ❧   The Nuova Venezian Gazette:  October 8, 2015   ❧  ~
Oyez!  Oyez!  Oyez!

NEW One-of-a-Kind Masks in the
Unique Collection -- go see!

Other trés spiffy Masks are immediately
on hand -- have a go through
The Rack
~  ❧  ~  ❧  ~  ❧  ~
I am discontinuing some of my Open Edition Designs ~
it's just more fun to make One-of-a-Kind masks.
Get these babies while you can.

"Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid."  ~  Basil King


The sculptured eyeholes, the beaks and pointed noses, tapering, dripping cheeklines and deeply

brooding brows, the peaks and twists and swirling curls, saturations of wanton colors --

One-of-a-Kind Masks
The Unique Collection

Fantastical Masks
  The Nuova Venezia Collection

The Aviary
The Birds Collection

Somethings Wicked

The Gothic Collection 

-- such
surrealistic eccentricities are the unmistakable and instantly recognized trademarks of 
Ryl Mandus' unique and distinctive style of leather mask design and creation.

"Nocturne" mask

Sans Merci
The Belles Dames Collection

Party Favorites

The Gala Collection

The Rack
Open Editions, Ready Right Now!

The Last of their Kind
These wickedly wonderful masks are in collections across America, from Key West to Honolulu, 
from New York to San Francisco, and in Canada, Switzerland, Austria, England, 
the Netherlands, Norway, Australia and Japan.

... for what is a Masquerade without Masks?  Grossly mis-named,....

Important Stuff to Know
With techniques that have been used in Italy for centuries, the masks are sculpted one at a time from select leathers.  All work is done by hand -- my hands alone -- and each is checked for comfort and balance, as these masks are truly meant to be worn.  Here at The Merchant of Venice I offer two categories of mask designs: 
  • Unique Originals -- Each mask is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind.
• Open-Edition Originals -- Classics that costumers, masquers and revellers continue to request.

More Important Stuff
• All pigments and finishes used are non-toxic (that's what the labels said), but it's still a bad idea to chew on the masks if you don't want teeth-marks all over them.
• True, the masks are designed with long-wearing comfort in mind, but some folks have differently shaped or larger faces than most, . . . if this is a concern, let's communicate before you order your mask. 
• Please do not request a repeat of, or alterations to, a Unique Mask. Unique means exactly that.

The Merchant of Venice
NOTE:  Copyrights are not included in the sale of any mask or headdress.  Licensing for film, video purposes and stage performances may be negotiated separately.  Please remember that these masks and headdresses are copyrighted artworks..
Thanks for your kind support, Ryl

All works within this site copyrighted © by Ryl Mandus, unless otherwise stated.