Clay Face Mask

Contributed by Letchworth Museum

Discovered in Baldock and made from moulded clay. Masks like this have been found throughout Europe, particularly in Germany. Archaeologists used to think that masks like this were something to do with Roman Theatre, possibly hung up in a public place to show that a performance was due to take place. They are too large and cumbersome to have been worn by actors. However, it now seems more likely that the masks were used to decorate all kinds of buildings, not necessarily just the theatre. As far as we know, there was no theatre in Roman Baldock; it may have been placed originally on the wall of a temple.

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150-180 AD

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