Roman theatre masks made of mosaic glass

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These small glass masks represent Dionysius, Greek god of wine and ecstasy. The Dionysian cult had many adherents in Egypt at the time of the Ptolemaic kings.

Greek theatre

Dionysius appeared often in Greek theatre with its masked actors. Theatre was very popular throughout the Hellenistic world. Scenes from plays were often depicted on murals and vases. The glass theatre masks probably come from a luxury case or crate to keep jewellery in.

1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.; size approx. 2 cm x 1 cm.; originally from Egypt