There is one description at ...
At page 44 of the manuscript, page 48 in the pdf. This part of the article has about 6 pages.
That what we know of the event, seems to be based on a letter of Niccolo Loschi ...
http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/nic ... rafico%29/
... to his brother. Major producer seems to have been a young man of Siena, Giovanni Marrasio, who has played the Bacchus in the show.
http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/gio ... rafico%29/
The major information, that I draw of it, is the number of figures used (well, it relies on the report of Loschi, and it is possibly not sure):
If I count the Furies as 3, then I've 16 ... as in the Michelino deck.
2 pairs of 3: Furies and 3 goddesses of destiny (Parches or Moira)
(6 female)Nona (Greek equivalent Clotho), who spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle;
Decima (Greek Lachesis), who measured the thread of life with her rod;
Morta (Greek Atropos), who cut the thread of life and chose the manner of a person's death.
2 pairs of 2: Marte and Bellona, Venus and Cupido (2 male and 2 female)
6 single: Apollo, Bacchus, Esculap, Mercury, Priapus, Hercules (and 6 male)
Counting them different, I would have 8 "dark figures" ...
Mars + Bellone + 3 Furies and 3 Moira ( so one male and 7 female)
... and 8 "light figures" ...
Venus + Cupido + 6 single figures (so one female + 7 male)
Well, and this looks like a chess game: 1 woman and 7 men (one Queen and 7 other Chess officers appear also in the funny card game of Master Ingold with his "funny professions").
This is naturally insecure information, but it meets my suspicions.
My suspicion it was (and still is), that the mascerade was made for the marriage between Sigismondo Malatesta and one of the daughters of Niccolo d'Este and Parisina, who married in Jan/Feb 1434 (which would have been 1433 in the contemporary calendar) near to carnival. As far I can read the article, the actual date of the event is unknown. Judging it from the life of Giovanni Marrasio it seems not impossible, that it was in Feb/Jan 1434.
A Cupido as King, Venus as Queen and a Priapus in the configuration of 16 gods would be a natural fun inside a wedding arrangement (I would assume, that Priapus (erected penis) and Hercules (tall man) would likely play the role of the Rooks - Rooks were the "strongest" figures in old chess).
http://www3.telus.net/gordking/Italy%20 ... um%20.html