Scenes depicting putti or cupids wearing or holding theatre masks, were a popular subject in Ancient Roman art of this period, usually carved on sarcophagi and friezes in bass-reliefs. This type of representation usually had a comic and playful meaning, since masks were connected to the pantomime and comedic genres. The masks used in dramatic and comedic plays were often based on the characters they were representing but in caricature form and exaggerated version. Comedic masks were known for their giant smiles.
To discover more about Eros’ iconography in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: Eros’ Iconography in Classical Times.