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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Photo of the Day

Theatrical mask, probably from Ancient Rome. One of a set discovered in Pompeii two hundred years ago, considered lost--now found.

In case you're wondering how the actor spoke through it:

[S]ome of the masks have their mouth shut, a clear indication that they were used as models for a craftsman who then produced lighter masks for actors to wear.
And they're made of plaster. Heavy, man.

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