28 April 2004,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 9,560
GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
A ROMAN MARBLE THEATRE MASK (OSCILLUM)
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The female face with open mouth and perforated pupils, with hair swept away from her face and falling in double ringlets at the side, a metal ring mounted in the top of her head, repaired
8¾ in. (22 cm.) high
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In classical antiquity, theatre masks were popular as ornaments - either as elements or larger architectural compositions or, as in this case, made as separate objects for suspension.
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