Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
550. THE FOX AND THE MASK
Perry 27 (Phaedrus
A fox happened to find a mask used for performing tragedies and, after
turning it this way and that several times, she remarked, 'So full of
beauty, so lacking in brains!'
This is a saying for people to whom Fortune has granted honour and
glory, while depriving them of common sense.
Note: In the medieval Latin tradition, this story is told of a wolf,
not a fox.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.