It’s an executioner’s mask. Most medieval cities had their executioner, a vital and well paid job that was usually passed down within a family. But the executioner’s family was often shunned by the community as being undesirable to associate with or marry into. Hence this rather gruesome attempt to hide the father’s identity. Sue has much more information on www.mackayandfieldantiques.com/page-1-new-may-2017. Thank you, Sue, for letting me publish this.
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