Different types of masks
There are different kinds of mask: the "bauta" is a heavily gilded full mask, often with a beak-like chin. It is designed to enable the wearer to talk, eat, and drink without having to remove it. The "colombina" is a half-mask, which is often decorated with silver, gold and feathers. While both men and women now wear this mask, it was originally a feminine counterpoint to the "bauta".