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Mask of the god Pan

  • Mask. Cordoba Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Mask. Cordoba Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura





Mid-1st century A.D.

Original title

Máscara del dios Pan

A marble representation of the god Pan in the form of a theatre mask. This piece, of great technical precision, has appeared in various temporary exhibitions dedicated to Roman theatre.

The character is characterised by the pointed ears and caprine horns. He is frowning and his forehead is wrinkled. His mouth is half open. The object has the remains of an iron ring at the back, which could be interpreted as an element to hold or hang the item, which was done in some domus (Roman houses) in Pompeii and Herculanus, in which the masks of characters from Dionysus's entourage were hung on the intercolumniation of the peristyle. They were, therefore, objects to decorate homes. These parallel items from Italy have been dated to the time of the Emperor Nero, and this piece from Cordoba is, therefore, thought to be from the mid-1st century AD.

Details of the work


40 x 22.5 cm.

Fine-grained white marble, possibly from Luni.


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