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Painted jade mask found in Maya tomb

A 700-year-old painted Jade mask has been found in a classic-era maya tomb in Guatemala. The mask, painted red in with cinnabar paint, was discovered beneath the head of the ruler. Archaeologists at the Mayan period’s most famous site, Tikal, discovered a similar greenstone mask during excavations in the 1960s in

3,000-year-old copper mask discovered in Argentina

A copper mask dating back 3,000 years has been found in an ancient cemetery in Argentina. An ancient, rectangular copper mask recently found in the southern Andes in Argentina is about 3,000 years old — one of the oldest human-made metal object from South America — and its discovery challenges the

Bronze Pan mask found in Israel

A large bronze mask depicting the god of pleasure and music, Pan, has been found at Hippos-Sussita National Park in Israel. According to Dr. Michael Eisenberg, bronze masks of this size are extremely rare and usually do not depict Pan or any of the other Greek or Roman mythological images. “Most

Japan’s oldest wooden mask

Fragments of a wooden mask dating back to the 2nd century, the oldest yet found in Japan, has been discovered at the Daifuku archaeological site. The latest find from Daifuku represents only the left side of what would have been a whole mask. It is made of Japanese umbrella pine and

Roman theatre masks found in Turkey

Two Roman theatre masks have been uncovered by excavation works at Turkey's Il?su Dam. “During ancient times there were no theater stages near Il?su, so we think these masks came from travelling theater communities coming to Il?su in ancient times,” he added. The artifacts are thought to come from 200-300 A.D. “One

Sotheby’s auctions off Sicán mask

Auction house Sotheby's has sold a priceless Sicán mask for $212,500, prompting some to look into the object's past. According to the Sotheby’s catalogue, the mask was acquired over 40 years ago. Carlos Elera, director of the Sicán Museum, told Peru.21, “The mask was looted by grave robbers from the area

Ancient theatre masks unearthed in Turkey

20 masks worn by actors and a family monument have been found during excavations carried out in the ancient city of Myra, Turkey. The excavations of the site are being carried out by Akdeniz University's Archeology Department under the supervision of Professor Nevzat Çevik, from the same department. Çevik told the

Ancient theatre masks rediscovered in Pompeii

A set of 15 Roman theatre masks have been rediscovered in Pompeii after being forgotten for more than two centuries. Made of plaster, the rather heavy masks were unearthed in 1749 in Pompeii during the excavations promoted by King Charles of Bourbon. They were deposited, along with many other artifacts, in

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