Just over a foot wide, the marble sculpture shows two actors wearing masks. The opposite, low-relief side depicts a Silenus.
Similar reliefs were displayed outside in gardens, supported by carved pilasters. Below is an example at Pompeii's House of the Golden Cupids (Stanley A. Jashemski photo, 1968).
Such works must have demonstrated their owners' appreciation for the deceptions of art and life. Epicurus wrote: "We are all play-acting to each other and need no larger theater."