Small Romano-Celtic Bronze Head in Form of a Theatre Mask

Culture: Roman-Celtic
Period: 1st-2nd century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 2.8 cm high
Price: 900 Euro
Ref: 3176
Provenance: Austrian private collection Norbert Maly, thence collection K., Vienna.
Condition: Beautiful patina, intact.
Description: Very expressive and detailed bronze head of an actor with a theatre mask depicting a grotesque face with a mouth wide open. The eye brows are curved, the large eyes are pulled far back and pierced, suggesting there were coloured inlays in ancient times. The mouth is wide open, the lips are ribbed. The hair is typically in Celtic style straight and combed back. The bronze head has an iron pin on the back, used to be attached to a high-quality metal object. Mounted.