Grotesque head of an actor in a farce

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Ionia, Smyrna

Dimensions

5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7625

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head of a man– bald headed, heavily lidded eyes and eyebrows that arch back over his furrowed brow, a long hooked nose, large ears, thick lips parted in a grimace. Facial type associated with mimes who did not work with a mask–not unusual for the ugly and deformed to work as entertainers.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution