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~~Leather Masks:~ *Toys for the Face by Ryl Mandus
The Merchant of Venice 
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the leather masks
Ryl Mandus

a boutique of fine 

disguise & illusion 
My Pledge

magical creatures,
extraordinary mortals 
Mask Galleries:

Fantasy Masks

Bird Masks

Cat Masks

Qat Masks

Canus Masks

Fae Masks

Gothic Masks

Gala Masks

The Rack

Duet Masks

Unique Masks



Ordering Info

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& Feeding of
Your New Mask

Rogues' Gallery

Ben & Ryl's
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About the Artist





Legal Info




All works,
including artwork,
masks, costume
designs, and text,
represented on this
page and throughout
this site are
copyrighted © by
Cheryl/Ryl Mandus,
unless otherwise stated.
"There's such a fooled heart, beating so fast in search of new dreams, . . ." ~ David Bowie
October 4, 2012:
Oyez!  Oyez!  Oyez!

When is your next Masquerade?
Christmas / New Years / Valentine's Day
Mardi Gras / Carnevale / Fasnacht

Don't get caught without a Mask!

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

~Other spiffy Masks are immediately on hand!  Have a go through:
The Rack ~ and ~ Oblivion
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"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 --
'Le Sacre du Printemps'
Fantastical Masks
  The Nuova Venezia Collection 
The Aviary

The Birds Collection 
The Cat's Meow

The Cats Collection 
Feline Hybrids

The Qatz Collection 
These surrealistic eccentricities are the unmistakable and instantly recognized trademarks of 
Ryl Mandus' unique and distinctive style of leather mask design and creation.
The Call of the Wild
The Wolf and Fox Collection 
Masks of the Fae
The Blessed Court and the Dark Court 
Somethings Wicked

The Gothic Collection 

The Gala Collection
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!
 The Rack
Available Open Editon Masks, Ready Now! 
Two-Part Harmony

Pas de Deux Couples 
One-of-a-Kind Masks

The Unique Collection 

Fading From Memory:
These are the Last of their Kind
...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, and each is checked for comfort and balance, as these masks are truly meant to be worn.
The Merchant of Venice offers two categories of mask designs: 
Unique Originals -- Each guaranteed as one-of-a-kind.  The 'Uniques Collection' is updated on a regular basis.
Open-Edition Originals -- Classics that costumers continue to request, that can be customized in most cases.

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
Copyrights are not included in the sale of any mask or headdress -- this includes reproduction by any means. Snapshots 
for personal scrapbooks and web-pages are encouraged, though. Desired reproduction and / or copyrights, or licensing 
for film or video purposes or stage performances, may be negotiated separately.

Please remember that these masks and headdresses are copyrighted artworks.

thank you for your kind support ~
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~