actor dressed as old nurse with baby

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 350 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7892

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The actor wears the mask of an old woman and is completely wrapped in a long himation. The baby seems to be a cylindrical prop with a conical top. The actor touches his chin, perhaps in astonishment, perpelexity, or simply the act of eating.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens (Rhousopoulos: whose is the mark [in Greek] Athenon 1877).); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution