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Handmade

Material: Ceramic

Height: 16 cm (h) / 6.3 in (h)

Width: 16 cm (h) / 6.3 in (h)

Masks of Tragedy and Comedy

Masks of Tragedy and Comedy

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Pictoresque, beautilfully handmade sculpture in terracotta, painted with engobes, and modeled following ancient techniques. It is freely inspired by an ancient mosaic preserved in Rome, Musei Capitolini, which probably dates back to the second century A.D. The mosaic depicts two of the masks employed in the Greek theater, one of a young, sad woman (tragedy) and one of a laughing, ridiculous man (comedy). 

Going to the theatre, for the Greeks and Romans, was not just a pleasure. As long as the events, tragic or comic, were taking place on the stage, the audience was so involved with the plot and empathized so much with the characters that they could feel the presence of a god inside themselves. That god was the one of the ecstasy, a state achieved through sexual pleasure, drinking and dramas: Dionysus son of Zeus, most adored and loved because he was believed to be able to give life after death. To attend a series of theatre performances on his honour was thought many sacrifices worth. 

Given its firing at about 1000° C, the sculpture can be placed outside and won't be damaged by sun, cold or ice.

 

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All artworks are 100% handmade and beautiful art can’t be rushed. The production starts as soon as your order is placed and payment is completed and will require up to two weeks, plus shipping time. Shipping to the US, Canada, and worldwide can take up to three weeks.

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