July 21, 2009 -- A set of 15 mysterious life-size masks, reminiscent of ancient Roman drama, have been rediscovered in Pompeii
after being forgotten for more than two centuries, according to Italian
archaeologists who have shown them for the first time at an exhibition
in Naples, Italy.
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 the Royal Palace of Portici, a town on the Bay of Naples.
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