Comic actor declaiming as a poet or philosopher

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 350 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Dimensions

12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.8012

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, with limbs and body modeled separately

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Comic actor standing with arms stretched out as if making a speech. Around his head wears either a wreath (parody of poet or philosopher) . Dress of Attic Comedy actors–mask with a wreath, raised eyebrows, snub nose and pointed beard. wears Bell shaped short chiton indicative of Corinthian manufacture. Said to be found in Kabirion, Thebes
Traces of red and blue (?). Part of wreath and fingers of both hands are gone.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Peiraeus: said from the Kabireion.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution