Comic actor

Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
about 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 140; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



He appears to be the slave who takes refuge on an altar. He wears a slave mask, tunic with girdle, and trousers. His hands hold a funnel-shaped object. There are the remains of a ring for suspension, on the top of his head. The funnel-shaped object seems to be a musical instrument, like a small hand drum or tambourine with sounding board. Once silvered, or containing a high admixture of silver. Green encrustation.
Masked as a comic slave, he holds what may be a hand drum.


By date unknown: with Ferroni, Rome; purchased from Ferroni, through Richard Norton, September 10, 1908

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution