c. 1st-3rd Century AD
This mask depicts a youth, possibly Mercury or Apollo, although without the presence of attributes this cannot be definitively ascertained. The face is full with a round chin, pursed lips and a short nose. The eyes are large with the pupils delineated and a prominent brow. The hair is thick with stylized curls. Due to the size of the mask and lack of suspension hole it was clearly never intended to be worn.
In very good and original condition. Found in Bethlehem.
3.93 x 3.15 x 1.57 inches (10 x 8 x 4 cm)
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In this mask one can see the synergy of the Greco-Roman culture and local Judean craftsmanship. While the production is clearly in the style of the Eastern Mediterranean provinces the subject matter is entirely Hellenic and depicts either a deity as suggested above or a theatrical figure.