REGION: Europe
VALUE: 1 drachma

This stamp, issued by the Greek government in 1966, celebrates a mask used in the ancient drama of the Greek city-states. This specific mask is made of bronze and dates to the 4th century BCE. It probably represents a god and is kept in the Archeological Museum of Piraeus, near its place of discovery. Masks of this type intended for actual use would probably have been made of leather; this one was probably a votive offering.