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Theatrical Scene from a Comedy.

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Theatrical Scene from a Comedy.

The three actors on this vase wear masks and costumes typical of Old Comedy (such as the comedies of Aristophanes): the masks feature protruding jaws and large eyes, the costumes enlarged buttocks and a prominent phallus. The actor on the left is 'stage-naked' as can be seen by his false chest, buttocks, belly and phallus; the hair on his mask is black, indicating that he is portraying a young man. The actor in the middle is portraying an old man, as the whiteness of the hair on his mask reveals. 


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