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Greek Mask-Applique from the 5th century B.C. representing a male head.
Greek Mask-Applique made of terracotta representing a male head.
5th century B.C.
H: 4.6 cm
Funerary Mask, Sculpture
Carved from two fragments of dark green stone mottled with light patches (steatite probably), these two objects represent animals with highly stylized and abstract shapes.
This face certainly represents a male figure; it shows some of the distinctive features of the Greek-Roman images known as “grotesque”, such as the big aquiline and pointed nose, the strongly marked, frowning eyebrows and the wrinkled forehead.
The huge spiraled horns are this figurine’s main feature both visually and because they enable us to confidently identify the species represented.
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