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Mask of Demosthenes

Artist: Unknown Roman Artist Primary
2nd century
Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 6.25 in. (30.48 x 22.86 x 15.88 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Plaster Cast
Accession Number: 2021.02.02
On View: Elisabeth H. Schwabe Seminar Room, Bellarmine Hall LL 105

This plaster cast is based off of a marble bust of the Athenian statesman Demosthenes that is now in the Louvre Museum. You can view the original bust on the Louvre's collection page here.


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