Greek tragedy and comedy masks

Greek tragedy and comedy masks. Greek pottery

Greek tragic and comic masks

Greek tragedy and comedy masks

Greek pottery

Tragic and comic masks seem to owe their origin in Greece to Bacchus’ feasts, wherein those, who took part in them, where in the habit of disguising themselves. Various authors, however, assign their contrivance to Thespis or Æschylus. At Rome masks were used in the Atellans, but not in representations of the regular drama. They were primitively made of the bark of trees, which later was superseded by leather, wood and bronze. These here types may have been used in the decoration of edifices.

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