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What were greek actors masks made of?
wood,linen,metals,marble,leather,and mud hoped this helped
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they were usually made from wood linen mud the more sofisticated/ expensive ones in the 3rd century BC were made of metals like bronze
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Greek actors wore masks in order to act female roles as well and they could act two or more roles.
The use of masks in ancient greek theater draw their origin from the ancient dionysiac cult. Thespis was the first writer, who used a mask. The members of the chorus w…ore masks, usually similar to each other but completely different from the leading actors. Picture 1 portrays a sort of mask suitable for the chorus. Because the number of actors varied from one to three, they had to put on different masks, in order to play more roles. The actors were all men. The mask was therefor necessary to let them play the female roles. Picture 2 portrays a woman's mask. Some people claim that the masks had one more significance : they added resonnance to the voice of an actor so that everyone in the huge ancient theater could hear him (Baldry 1971). I do not quite agree with that point of view. I think it's enough for someone to attend a modern performance of a play in the ancient theater of Epidavros to feel the perfection of the acoustics in an ancient theater. Even the audiance of the last row can hear a whisper from the orchestra. An interesting idea (Wiles 1991) is that the mask could give to the character some sort of universality, creating an average figure, so that the audiance would judge him on his actions and not his appearance. Certainly that was a result of the use of the mask but I am not quite convinced that it was one of the purposes of its use. Usually the masks were made of linen, wood, or leather. A marble or stone face was used as a mould for the mask. Human or animal hair was also used. The eyes were fully drawn but in the place of the pupil of the eye was a small hole so that the actor could see.
linen, wood, mud, and cork
In most drama, actors did wear masks, and often exaggerated costumes. However, in later centuries (IE Hellenistic period) actors may have acted without masks, based on vase pa…intings of dramatic performances.
Usually the masks were made of linen, wood, or leather. A marble or stone face was used as a mould for the mask. Human or animal hair was also used. The eyes were fully drawn …but in the place of the pupil of the eye was a small hole so that the actor could see.
They were made of wood,leather,cloth,flour dough and clay.
greek actors wore funnel shaped masks so that the people at the far back can see what emotion was being portrayed
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They didn't always have masks on. They put masks on if the play called for it, for dramatic effect. Another reason why is because sometimes when they reenacted a popular show …like Romeo and Juliet they would put on a mask to make themselves look more like the character.
we dont know but it was first made in athans
they were made so that the people in the very back could see their expressions
they used masks to show which god(dess) they represented. Each mask represented its own god or goddess.
Due to the immense size of the amphitheaters, seating 12,000 to 15,000 spectators, the masks were used to exaggerate facial features; so that the audience members farthest awa…y could still see the characters. Much later, in the Hellenistic Period, small megaphones were incorporated into the mouths of the masks to assist in the amplification of the actors' voices.
For several reasons. The actors could in this way play several roles in a play without being recognized. They could in this way also play women, because the Greek theater …did not have female actors. Masks with exaggerated features could make an actor for instance frightening or show a change in his appearance or mood without him having to pull faces or wear heavy make-up. Members of the chorus could all wear identical masks and so express "universal" feelings instead of personal opinions.
records indicate that the masks were made from organic materialslike stiffened linen, bark, wood or leaves. The masks that existtoday are made of terracotta and were not worn …by actors.