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Ancient Roman Bronze Mount Actor's Mask of a Leading Slave - 50 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,304) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291138009984 An ancient Roman bronze mount depicting a ‘leading slave’ actor’s mask, dating to around the 1st century BC – 1st century AD. Ultimately inspired by an earlier Greek original, this animated mask is characterised by the snake-like eyebrows and trumpet-shaped mouth, typical of slave masks. The hair has been combed back from the forehead, and a short beard frames the mouth. Roman actors had bad reputations and their morals challenged even the decadence of Roman society. Their performances could be lewd, highly sexual and offensive. Yet despite the moralising of certain elements of society, these dramatic shows remained hugely popular with ordinary Romans. Theatre was important in the life of average citizens, and had a powerful effect in moulding public opinion. This piece, likely a decorative element to a larger vessel, reflects the popularity and prominent place of theatre in Roman culture. For an inferior example which recently sold at Christies, please follow this link. Height: 1 ½ inches. Condition: Very good, unrestored. Provenance: Ex. German private collection, acquired 1980's. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: Material: Bronze, Original or Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Culture: Roman

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