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relief

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1805,0703.451

  • Description

    Marble relief with tragic and comic masks. Restored.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 23.9 centimetres
    • Width: 21 centimetres
    • Depth: 9.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Cook 2011, nr. 332:

    A relief showing a tragic and a comic mask.

    I have found no record of the acquisition of this relief, but since Zoffany represented it as incorporated in the library fireplace, it seems likely to have been in the collection by about 1783. There is no reason to suppose that the relief was actually so incorporated.

    Since it was not mentioned in the 1804 Parlour Catalogue or in Combe’s lists, it was not included in Fitzgerald’s register of 1848.

    Drawings:
    * Zoffany: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury’, The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 36-37, figs. 19-20, no. (iv), but not included in Townley’s lists of the contents of the painting (one copy in Towneley Hall, another in TY 19/3).

    Bibliography:
    - Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), X.28;
    - Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, II, vignette;
    - A Guide to the Graeco-Roman Sculptures in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, 2 vols. (London, 1874 [1892] and 1876), II, no. 132;
    - A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 373, no. 2448;
    - B. F. Cook, ‘The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury’, The British Museum Yearbook 2 (1977), 34-78, 40, fig. 23, 75, note 30 (iv);
    - T. B. L. Webster, Monuments Illustrating New Comedy (3rd ed., revised and enlarged by J. R. Green & A. Seeberg, London, 1995), 167, no. 3AS.2d (bibl.).

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  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 2448 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2007 31 Mar-30 Jun, Gosport, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2007-2008 3 Nov-24 Feb, Leicester, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2008 29 Mar-1 Jun, Luton, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2008 20 Jun-5 Oct, Lincoln, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2008-2009 25 Oct-24 Jan, South Shields, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2009 7 Feb-4 May, Glasgow, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought 2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010-2011 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011, 4 Jul-25 Sep, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011-2012, 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2012-2013, 6 Oct-6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2013, 6 May-6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 21 Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 2 Aug-9 Nov, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1805

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1805,0703.451

COMPASS Title: Marble relief with two theatre masks

Unknown

COMPASS Title: Marble relief with two theatre masks

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