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SALAMIS

SALAMIS IN THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS.
BY ALEXANDER PALMA DI CESNOLÀ, F.S.A.,
page 109

used in a show; to this end the two small holes at the top of each head might be applied. But it is much more likely that they served as handles to vessels, probably table vases of a very fine order. A class of larger masks, evidently derived from bronze or carved-wood originals, may follow here. Another of these,about three inches high, represents the tragic expression, and seems to be of much older date than the above-named three ; the surfaceis greatly corroded. There is also a quaint satyric mask (fig. 238) nearly life-size, comprising a large aquiline nose dropped over the mouth, a pair of round staring eyes ; the mouth is made more than usually ludicrous by the absurd upward curving of its ends, and by the placing of a pellet in each side ; the hair and beard are braided. It is a mask of the same character as to this day appears in use, during festivals, in Milan and other parts of Italy. A very impressive female tragic mask, with the lips closed, is of archaiccharacter, and very fine execution, (fig. 239). Then may be placed a bacchio mask (fig. 240) crowned with ivy leaves and berries, and with bunches of grapes indicated at the side of the bead, which represents a very

 

 

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