Comic actor declaiming as a poet or philosopher

Late Classical Period
about 350 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth


12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, with limbs and body modeled separately

On View

Ancient Greece: Greek Theater Gallery (Gallery 215C)


The Ancient World



Comic actor standing with arms stretched out as if making a speech. Around his head wears either a wreath (parody of poet or philosopher) . Dress of Attic Comedy actors–mask with a wreath, raised eyebrows, snub nose and pointed beard. wears Bell shaped short chiton indicative of Corinthian manufacture. Said to be found in Kabirion, Thebes
Traces of red and blue (?). Part of wreath and fingers of both hands are gone.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Peiraeus: said from the Kabireion.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution