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Storytelling in Miniature

Hans Sebald Beham
German, 1500–1550

Panel with a Mascaron

Engraving, 1543
2 1/16 x 3 1/16 in.
William J. Hitchcock Fund in memory of Grace J. Hitchcock, 1994.45

A mascaron is a grotesque face originally employed as an architectural embellishment believed to protect a building from evil spirits. At the time of this print’s production, mascarons were generalized decorations used in many different applications.