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RT1403

A Roman Terracotta Mask of a Satyr, ca 1st century AD

Mould-made of a pale reddish clay and fired to a hard consistency, this mask is an exuberant representation of a satyr's grotesque physiognomy.  The pronounced bossing of the temples, the wide perforated eyes are effectively stylized and set off by thick arching eyebrows. The hair tumbles down each side of the head and embraces the flame-shaped equine ears while a Dionysiac crown of berries, leaves and taenia crowns the top of the head, three suspension holes for attachment.

Condition: Complete, with professional rejoining, some expected weathering to the surface but details and modeling are still clear, overall in very good condition. 

Dimensions:  height:  16.51 cm (6.5 inches)  width:  16.51 cm (6.5 inches) 

Provenance:   Private San Francisco collection, acquired from the UK trade in early 1990's and previously in a private UK collection.

 

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