Mask of New Comedy

Hellenistic Period
200-100 B.C.


Dimensions

20 cm (7 7/8 in.); Legacy dimension: H.: 0.20 m.

Accession Number

61.1169

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Mask of a slave, cook or parasite in New Comedy–receding hair, short hair, bulging eyes exaggerated brows and sidelong glance. Part of a frieze. A similar mask with similar function found in Tarentum, Southern Italy

Provenance

According to Classical Journal 58 (1962), p. 12: probably from near Tarentum; by date unknown: Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection; gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA, November 8, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn