Comic actor playing a wandering slave or peddlar loaded with baggage

Greek
Classical Period
about 400-350 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Dimensions

16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.99

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Comic actor from Old or Middle Comedy-most likely playing a wandering slave loaded with a pack on his back and a basket in front– perhaps carrying goods from the market. Grinning face expresses noisy loquaciousness. The extended phallus and exaggereated facial expression attests to the grotesque character.

Remains of red on face: pupils of eyes painted black.

Provenance

By 1912: with E. P. Warren; gift of E. P. Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren