Masque figures

Two masque figures (comedy figures, morra players) of coloured glass on a framework of metal thread. The masks were made in Venice c. 1600. The figures in question are contesting each other in a game of morra with a wager of wine and sausage, as displayed on the stool. The basic outlines of the game was to be the first one to correctly count the opponents’ number of fingers at the flick of a hand. The depicted characters are supposedly the resourceful servant Scapino and the boastful captain Zerbino, both notorious characters from the Italian masked comedy, a popular pastime activity for most princes of Europe at the time.