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Mosaic with scenic masks
Mosaic / Intarsia
2nd century AD
Mosaic
cm 74,6

The mosaic represents two masks leaning on a socle projecting out from two walls that meet at an angle, seen in perspective. Two flutes lean on one wall. Their shadows project onto the wall. The female mask depicts a woman with large eyes and wide-open mouth. A ribbon, kontted into a bow at the center of her brow, appears in her curly hair with long ringlets. The physiognomic features of the man are exaggerated and ridiculed. The mouth is enormous, the nose is large and squashed. The eyes bulge out, and the cheeks are wrinkled. On his head is a crown of ivy and berries, decoration associated with the cult of Dionysus, which was linked closely to the birth of the Greek theater.

Provenance: From Rome, Aventine - Thermae Decianae (?)
Acquisition data: Leo XII donation (1824)
Inventory: inv. MC0392

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