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

Ancient Greece: Greek Theater 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