The Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) in Rothenburg ob der Tauber has a large collection of masks of shame. These would indicate what the wearer was guilty of, ranging from men behaving as a swine (pig) to being too proud and vain (cockerel). Every mask was filled with symbolism, e.g. long ears (person hears everything), glasses (sees everything), big tongue (gossips), big nose (sticking it in other’s business), snakes or devil (for people with bad thoughts).
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