Dancer with Conical Hat Holding Noisemaker, Columbarium Villa Pamphili

Illustration

Francesca Santoro L'hoir
by Archivio Fiorenzo Catalli
published on 19 October 2014

One finds such dancers (This one resembles a pop-eyed Pinocchio) in ancient Roman funerary art. Although they may well have apotropaic significance—i.e., to ward off evil—they fit in with the theatrical motifs found on walls in columbaria.
Photo from "Villa PamphilJ" (Rome, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, no date)

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