Old nurse with a baby

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
about 325–300 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 12.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm (4 15/16 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7842

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of an old nurse holding a baby. White on flesh and cap of nurse, as well as on base; red on hair of nurse and baby; pale blue on chiton.
Label text:
The affectionate nurse was a character in the “New Comedy” of Menander, and his plays probably inspired figures like this.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens: from Tanagra); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution