Laocoon Mask - Item #46
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Mask of Laocoon from the group Laocoon and his sons, c.175-50 B.C.E. The group depicts a scene described in Virgil’s Aenid. The Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons are set upon by serpents at Poseidon's command as punishment for Laocoon warning the Trojans against the wooden horse. The group was discovered on January 14, 1506 during an excavation in a vineyard of Felice Fredi at “Sette Sale” on the Esquiline hill in Rome.
Artist: Hagesandros, Athanadoros and Polydoros of Rhodes
Museum: Pio Clementine Museum, Vatican City
Time Period: Greek1911 Catalog ID # - 13468