ROMAN BRONZE THEATRE MASK APPLIQUE
Measurements: 8.8 cm − height, 3.2 cm − width
Description: A Roman bronze theatre mask appliqué with hollow back and suspension chains. The appliqué is pierced centrally at the top and bottom, and at the lower corners of the piece. From these piercings chains are attached: a longer chain is attached to the top with open hook and two shorter chains at the bottom corners. This appliqué would have been decoratively suspended, perhaps from a piece of furniture.
The theatre was immensely popular in the Greek and Roman world and this interest in theatre found expression in the numerous theatrical motifs used for decorative purposes, from lamps to wall paintings.
Period: 2nd - 3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine, with attractive light green patination over the whole.