New Comedy Actor declaiming

Roman
Hellenistic
2nd to 1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 139; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120-121 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.677

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

An actor with the distinctive mask of teh slave character from New Comedy–his costume fits the more naturalistic style drawn from every day life of this genre.
The actor’s right arm is raised in a gesture of declamation. He wears a small cloak on his left shoulder and a short, girdled tunic with long sleeves, tight trousers, sandals, and a slave mask. He stands on a circular, molded base. Greenish patina, slightly crusty.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Perugia); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund