Caricature

Greek
late Classical
late 5th or early 4th Century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia ?

Dimensions

Height: 25.2 cm (9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7761

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Parody of Herakles Kitharodes, the hero as kithara-player and the murder of his music teacher Linus. The parody of this myth, which is evident in the grotesque and exaggerated features of the figurine relates to the carnival-like character of the festival of the Kabirion, where many such figurines were found.

Flesh pink, lips red. About the base are two bands of red.

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Paris, said from Thebes.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution