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Terracotta Mask of Satyr - made in the eastern Mediterranean, 300-150 BCE

Mask of a Satyr Greek made in the eastern Mediterranean BCE Terracotta

KA - Greek Theater utilized lightweight masks in their productions made from a variety of materials. Tragedies utilized more realistic masks but they also expressed a lot of emotions. The masks allowed actors to play multiple roles, both male and female characters since all actors were male.

Tragedy Maks wereused in Theatre to show emotion from a distance because the Theatre was so large, and during the Classical Age most plays were Tragedies filled with death and mourning.

Silenus maskesi Kandahar

Mask of Silenus (Begram, Room centuries AD (bronze, x cm 4 x 3 - National Museum of Afghanistan

Masks served several important purposes in Ancient Greek theater: their exaggerated expressions helped define the characters the actors were playing; they allowed actors to play more than one role (or gender); they helped audience members in the distant seats see and, by projecting sound somewhat like a small megaphone, even hear the characters better.

Background Info: Masks served several important purposes in Ancient Greek theater: their exaggerated expressions helped define the characters the actors were playing; they allowed actors to play.

File:Relief with Menander and New Comedy Masks - Princeton Art Museum.jpg

Roman, Republican or Early Imperial Relief of a seated poet (Menander) with masks of New Comedy, century B. White marble, probably Italian

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